Greg Leitich Smith is the author of Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo (Little Brown, 2003, 2005)(Recorded Books 2004)(ages 10-up) and its companion book, Tofu and T.Rex (Little Brown, 2005)(ages 10-up). He His first picture book, Santa Knows (Dutton 2006), co-authored by Cynthia Leitich Smith and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman will be available September 14, 2006.
Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo is the comedic story of three friends—Elias, Shohei, and Honoria—who take part in their school science fair and end up in the student court because of it. This first novel was a Junior Library Guild selection, Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Winner, and winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Teddy Award for Best (Long) Children’s Book.
Tofu and T.Rex is another comedic story, this one primarily about two cousins—Freddie and Hans-Peter. Freddie is a vegan, sent to live with extended family, including her Opa, who owns an East European delicatessen and butcher shop. Hans-Peter is a dinosaur enthusiast, trying to win admission to Freddie’s competitive private school. The three main characters from Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo’s all have minor roles in this companion novel and it is set at the same fictional school.
A patent lawyer by day, Greg holds with academic honors: a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana; a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin; and a juris doctor from The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor.
Today, Greg makes his home in Austin, Texas, with his wife, author Cynthia Leitich Smith, and their four overfed, demanding cats.
Here's how to contact Greg:
Pen and ink: P.O. Box 3255, Austin TX 78764
You can also e-mail Greg.
Interviews with Greg can be found at Downhome Books;at the web site of author Debbi Michiko Florence; at the Cynsations blog (on Tofuand on Ninjas); and at YA Books Central.
Greg is a featured Spotlight at Smart Writers Journal; has a column Of Tofu and T.Rex at Time Warner Bookmark; and, with Cynthia Leitich Smith, is featured as a "Person to Watch" in the October 2005 issue of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.