Alan Gratz Books In Order

Publication Order of Horatio Wilkes Mystery Books

Something Rotten (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Something Wicked (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Star Trek: Starfleet Academy Books

The Assassination Game (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of League Of Seven Books

The League of Seven (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dragon Lantern (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Monster War (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Samurai Shortstop (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Brooklyn Nine (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fantasy Baseball (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prisoner B-3087 (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Code of Honor (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Projekt 1065 (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories

Hero of the Five Points (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Alan Gratz is a well known American author of the young adult genre. He was born on January 27, 1972 in Knoxville, Tennessee and was brought up in his home of the World’s Fair of 1982 in Knoxville. His childhood was quite carefree and humid, after which he joined the University of Tennessee and earned his College Scholars degree. He specialized in the subject of creative writing and later went on to pursue a Master’s degree in English education. Other than writing novels and plays for magazines, Alan also teaches the art of catapult building to middle school students. He has written over 6,000 commercials for radio and has also sold other people’s books. Alan Gratz has also had the opportunity to give a lecture at the Czech University. He has written around 8 novels in the young adult category. His first novel was such a big hit that it went on to feature in the top 10 best books for young adults by ALA in the year 2007. Even his second novel became a quick pick by ALA in the year 2008 in the young adult genre and was followed by its sequel in the same year.

Other than young adult novels, Alan has also written short fiction stories. One of his short fiction stories has appeared in the Metropulse magazine in Knoxville as well as a few other magazines like the Alfred Hitchcock magazine for mystery. His short stories have also featured in the anthologies that were used to help the victims of the Great Japan Earthquake and the Tsunami in the year 2011. Alan has spent around 6 weeks as the first artist in Residence at an American School in Japan in the year 2010. During his stay there, he used to teach historical fiction writing to the students of middle school in Tokyo. In the year 2011, he was once again chosen to be the Writer in Residence at the Thurber House Children. He used to live and write in the attic of James Thurber for around a month. He also used to work with younger writers from the regions of Columbus, Ohio during his stay there. Currently, he lives in Western North Carolina along with his wife and a daughter. Alan’s wife is named Wendi whereas his daughter is called Jo. Alan loves to enjoy writing a lot. He always keeps himself busy with some or the other writing works. When not writing, he is often seen to be reading magazines or other authors’ works, eating pizza or watching baseball matches on TV.

In his career as an established author, Alan Gratz has written a couple of novel series’ comprising of two novels each as well as a few standalone novels. The first novel series written by Alan was the Horatio Wilkes Mystery series. The two novels of this series were published in the years 2007 and 2008. The first novel of the series was titled ‘Something Rotten’. It was published in the year 2007 by the Dial publishing house. The plot of the novel is set in Denmark, Tennessee and gives a funny and twisting tale similar to that of Hamlet. As always, nothing seems to be going right in Denmark. First, the Copenhagen River gets polluted mysteriously and then Hamilton’s father gets killed by unknown entities. The news of his father’s murder is revealed to Hamilton through a recorded video message which was hidden until now. Soon, the main character of the novel is introduced, named Horatio Wilkes. He is the best friend of Hamilton and is about to visit the Prince mansion in order to meet Hamilton after hearing about the tragic death of his father. Horatio and Hamilton were doing general talks when the video had turned up. Now, they are required to act in unison and find the real killer before he takes someone else’s life. They are aware of the fact that it won’t be an easy task to find the real killer among plentiful suspicious people around. Another character named Olivia Mendelssohn is introduced as an environmentalist who is determined to clean up the Copenhagen River. Olivia is a former girlfriend of Hamilton. She hates the Prince’s paper plant, that has been polluting the Copenhagen River for decades. Hamilton’s mother Trudy marries his uncle Claude after his father’s death. With the marriage, Claude gets entitled to the half of the plant and its profits. Another character named Ford N. Branff is a media mogul, who wants to buy the plant. Ford is also the college flame of Trudy. Horatio Wilkes is efficient enough to carry out the investigation by himself and reveal the motive behind Hamilton’s father’s murder. He does not about the fact that he is just a junior high school student. The novel proved to be a smart, hippy and at the same time mysterious in all aspects. It became a huge hit because of its crackling one-liners and funny twists and turns.

The second novel of the series was published in the year 2008 by the Dial publishing house and was titled ‘Something Wicked’. The novel continues to showcase the mysterious plot on Tennessee, United States. It is the time of the Scottish Highland Festival in the town of Tennessee. The festival is all set to begin with a bang, however, before it could be done a major problem arises. Duncan MacRae, who was the founder the games of the festival is found murdered. Duncan’s son Malcolm gets arrested by the police on suspicion of his father’s murder. However, Horatio Wilkes doubts about Malcolm being the murderer. He goes to attend the Scottish Festival along with his friend Mac, his super hot girlfriend Beth and the sidekick Banks. On reaching the festival, Horatio finds himself entangled in the cutthroat Scottish games. The games are way beyond the understanding of anyone and what is fair seems to be foul, whereas the thing that is foul seems to be fair. Horatio realizes that his best friend Mac might come out to be his worst enemy. However, he cautiously continues to carry out his investigation along with enjoying the festival games. The novel is believed to be based on the Shakespearean play called ‘Macbeth’ and very well keep up with the pace and follow up of the plot and the characters.

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