Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
13,183 (16,469)5731,507 (3.74)80
Todd Strasser was born in New York City. While still a child, Strasser and his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York on Long Island. Strasser attended the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then the Wheatley School for junior high and high school. Strasser went to college at New York University for a few years, before dropping out. He lived on a commune, and then in Europe, where he was a street musician. While he was in Europe, Strasser wrote songs and poems in letters to his friends. He decided to try writing. Upon his return to the United States, Strasser enrolled at Beloit College where he studied literature and writing. After graduating, Strasser worked at the Middletown Times Herald-Record newspaper in Middletown, New York, and later at Compton Advertising in New York City. In 1978, he sold his first novel, Angel Dust Blues. Strasser used the money to start the Dr. Wing Tip Shoo fortune cookie company. For the next 12 years, Todd sold more fortune cookies than books. n 1990, Strasser moved to Westchester County, N.Y., where during the next few years, he wrote various movie novelizations, including Home Alone, Free Willy, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Jumanji. In 1993 he wrote Help! I'm Trapped in My Teacher's Body and since then has written 16 more Help! I'm Trapped... books, as well as several other series. All together, he has published more than 100 books. Strasser is alos a speaker at schools and conferences when he is not busy writing Strasser has won numerous awards in the course of his career, including the 1995 New York State Library Association Award for Outstanding Children's Literature for the Help! I'm Trapped Series, several State Literature Awards, the 1996 International Reading Association Children's Choice as well as the 1996 Children's Book Council Children's Choice for Give a Boy a Gun and the 1996 American Library Association Best Book for Teens. He won the 1997 American Library Association Notable Book for Abe Lincoln for Class President, the 1988 American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, and was a 1988 Edgar Allan Poe nominee from the Mystery Writers of America. (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Wave
… (more)
Disambiguation Notice

Todd Strasser also writes under the pen name Morton Rhue

The Wave 2,023 copies, 44 reviews
Give a Boy a Gun 708 copies, 30 reviews
Boot Camp 619 copies, 51 reviews
Can't Get There from Here 354 copies, 12 reviews
Fallout 314 copies, 29 reviews
Wish You Were Dead 295 copies, 19 reviews
Con-fidence 265 copies, 2 reviews
If I Grow Up 196 copies, 8 reviews
Blood on My Hands 164 copies, 3 reviews
Too Scared to Sleep 150 copies, 1 review
Jumanji (Novelization) 139 copies, 22 reviews
How I Changed My Life 129 copies, 2 reviews
The Pagemaster 125 copies, 2 reviews
No Place 121 copies, 2 reviews
Home Alone 107 copies, 2 reviews
Free Willy: A Novelization 93 copies, 2 reviews
The Diving Bell 92 copies
The Beast of Cretacea 88 copies, 14 reviews
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 87 copies, 5 reviews
Kill You Last 83 copies, 2 reviews
Kidnap Kids 83 copies
Too Dark to See 83 copies
Famous 79 copies, 1 review
The Good Son 55 copies
The Wave (Penguin Readers) 48 copies, 4 reviews
For Money and Love 48 copies, 7 reviews
Price of Duty 47 copies, 2 reviews
Close Call 47 copies
Howl-a-Ween 44 copies, 2 reviews
Addams Family Values (Author) 43 copies
Shark Bite 43 copies
Summer of '69 40 copies, 11 reviews
Drift X: Slide or Die 36 copies, 3 reviews
The Accident 32 copies
Here Comes Heavenly 29 copies, 2 reviews
Beyond the Reef 27 copies
Shirt and Shoes Not Required 26 copies, 2 reviews
Greasy Grimy Gopher Guts 25 copies, 1 review
Thief of Dreams 24 copies, 1 review
Richie Rich 24 copies, 3 reviews
Count Your Blessings 23 copies, 2 reviews
Home Alone 3 20 copies
Battle Drift 17 copies
Grizzly Attack 16 copies
Take Off 16 copies
The Mall from Outer Space 16 copies, 1 review
Close Out 15 copies
Sidewayz Glory 12 copies
Cut Back 12 copies
Dance Magic 11 copies
Super Mario Brothers 11 copies, 1 review
Hocus Pocus 10 copies
Pastabilities 9 copies
The Good War 9 copies, 1 review
Turn It Up 8 copies
Gator Prey 8 copies
Summer's End 7 copies, 1 review
Spell Danger 6 copies
Pink Cadillac 3 copies
Peter Pan 2 copies
Wild Life 2 copies
Freaked 1 copy
La bomba 1 copy
Jumanji (Editor) 2,783 copies, 219 reviews
Who Done It? (Contributor) 124 copies, 4 reviews
Visions: 19 Short Stories (Contributor) 69 copies
Ultimate Sports (Contributor) 63 copies
Connections (Contributor) 41 copies, 1 review

Todd Strasser has 1 past event. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Information from the Norwegian Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Disambiguation notice
Todd Strasser also writes under the pen name Morton Rhue

LibraryThing Early Reviewers Alum

Todd Strasser's book Summer of '69 was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Todd Strasser's book The Beast of Cretacea was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Todd Strasser's book Fallout was available from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

Member ratings

Average: (3.74)
0.5 9
1 52
1.5 12
2 146
2.5 40
3 468
3.5 115
4 671
4.5 65
5 519

Author pictures (2)


(see all 2 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Todd Strasser is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Todd Strasser is composed of 8 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 173,420,606 books! | Top bar: Always visible