Greg Leitich Smith

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General Information

Name: Greg Leitich Smith

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction





Illinois Connection

Leitich Smith grew up in a German American neighborhood on the north side of Chicago and attended Lane Tech High School. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Biographical and Professional Information

Greg Leitich Smith is co-author (with his wife, New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith) of the picture book Santa Knows and the young adult short story The Wrath of Dawn, which appeared in the Geektastic anthology.

Originally from Chicago, Greg now lives in Austin, Texas. He holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas at Austin, and a degree in law from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor.

Published Works

  • Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo, Little Brown, 2003 - reprinted 2013
  • Tofu and T. Rex, Little Brown, 2005 - reprinted 2013
  • Santa Knows, Dutton, 2006 - written with Cynthia Leitich Smith
  • Chronal Engine, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2012 - reprinted 2013
  • Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn, Macmillan, 2014
  • Borrowed Time, Clarion, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo

ISBN: 1623520290
Release Date: 2013-06-15

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Tofu and T. rex

ISBN: 0316777226
Release Date: 2005-07-06

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Little Green Men at the Mercury Inn

ISBN: 125006287X
Release Date: 2015-06-16

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Borrowed Time

ISBN: 0544237110
Release Date: 2015-11-10

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Literary Awards

Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo

  • Parents’ Choice Gold Award, 2003
  • Writers’ League of Texas Teddy, 2004
  • Junior Library Guild Selection
  • ALA Popular Paperback for Young Adult Readers, 2006
  • Featured Book, Texas Book Festival

Tofu and T. Rex

  • Finalist, Writers League of Texas Teddy
  • Finalist, Texas State Reading Association Golden Spur Award
  • Featured Book, Texas Book Festival

Chronal Engine

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Leitich Smith is represented by Ginger Knowlton at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

External Links

Greg Leitich Smith on WorldCat


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