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Adam Gidwitz

Author of A Tale Dark and Grimm

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About the Author

Adam Gidwitz was born in San Francisco, California in 1982. He received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University. After graduating, he took a job in a second grade classroom at Saint Ann's School, in Brooklyn and attended Bank Street College of Education in the evenings. show more He eventually taught first, second, fifth, and high school at Saint Ann's before deciding to become a full-time author. He is the author of A Tale Dark and Grimm and In a Glass Grimly. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Author Adam Gidwitz at the 2016 Texas Book Festival. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53504393

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Works by Adam Gidwitz

Associated Works

The Talk: Conversations about Race, Love, and Truth (2020) — Contributor — 176 copies
Who Done It? (2013) — Contributor — 136 copies
Guys Read: Terrifying Tales (2015) — Contributor — 103 copies
The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection (2018) — Contributor — 96 copies

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Birthdate
1982-02-14
Gender
male
Nationality
United States of America
Birthplace
San Francisco, California, USA
Places of residence
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Education
Columbia University (English literature)
Occupations
elementary school teacher
children's book author
librarian
Organizations
Saint Ann's School
Agent
Sarah Burnes
Short biography
[from A Tale Dark and Grimm]
Adam Gidwitz grew up in Baltimore. Now he lives in Brooklyn and teaches kids large and slightly less large at Saint Ann's School. Adam always writes about things that he's experienced personally. So, while all of the dark and grim things in this book really did happen to Hansel and Gretel, they also happened to Adam. Of course, if you've ever had a childhood, they've probably happened to you, too.

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Very entertaining if you like fantasy. I little silly! I can see why my 7th graders like it!
 
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mjphillips | 129 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
I'm amazed by this book. Here are two reasons why:

1. It's about religion, ethics, prejudice, and the nature of good and evil. It's so deep, but it's never dull. It's mind-expanding, but it's not preachy. It's a really exciting book that explores really big questions.

2. It's like a kid's version of the Canterbury Tales! What? How did Adam Gidwitz even do that? Besides introducing young readers to elements of one of the foundational works of English literature, there are a lot of other cool links to the past here. The author's notes at the end of the book are definitely worth reading.

Finally, I'll mention that there's some spectacular violence in this book. I often dislike violence in children's literature, but I think it may have served a purpose here that makes it understandable and even great fodder for discussion. The Middle Ages were a violent time, for one. So you can say violence is a realistic aspect of the historical setting. And it also complicates our heroes, particularly William. They are saints, but they are not perfect.

But this book almost is.
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LibrarianDest | 42 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
* I got this book for review of the publisher for my honest thoughts*

I thought this was a great follow up to the first book in this series. I loved the adventure in this story and also how the storyline expanded the world. I just found this to a fast pace adventure story and think younger readers will fly throughout. I think the many illustrations will also increase the joy for this series. I really loved the dynamic between the professor and the kids in this novel. I really want to keep on reading this series. It was a def a super fun adventure series with some history tossed in!… (more)
 
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lmauro123 | 7 other reviews | Dec 28, 2023 |
I listened to this audiobook and found it to be adorable. I really loved the adventure aspects and just how fun and fast pace this story was. I loved it so much. I read it so fast and just loved the characters a lot. I think younger kids will adore this book, because the kids really were the heroes in this story. I enjoyed how this book did tackle some history elements in the story telling. I def will be getting the sequel to read. This is great starter series for younger readers or even a great read aloud book as well.… (more)
 
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Works
17
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Members
4,847
Popularity
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Rating
3.9
Reviews
230
ISBNs
190
Languages
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Favorited
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