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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Eric Kahn Gale  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: January 6 in Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Gale lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eric Khan Gale is a writer and director. He is a Michigan native and a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He started out writing movies and plays where the writing formula is to keep things tight, exciting and structured. It created a great base for writing his books.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Bully Book: A Novel
ISBN: 0062125117

HarperCollins. 2012

What is The Bully Book? Part mystery, part tragedy, part comedy. The paperback includes a Q&A with the author.
Eric Haskins, the new sixth-grade bully target, is searching for answers. And unlike many of us who experienced something awful growing up, he finds them. Though they may not be what he expected.
When the author was eleven, he was bullied. This book is loosely based on incidents that happened to him in sixth grade.
The Bully Book is a Top Ten Indie Next List pick of 2013, and Publishers Weekly called The Bully Book
a "gripping debut novel."

The Zoo at the Edge of the World
ISBN: 0062125168

Balzer + Bray. 2014

From the author of The Bully Book comes a timeless story about a young boy, his father, and the world that comes between them, which New York Times–bestselling author Peter Lerangis called "magical, mysterious, fresh, original, and full of heart."

Marlin is not slow, or mute what he is is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. What he is also is a Rackham: the younger son of the world-famous explorer Ronan Rackham, the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the globe can come to experience the last bit of the wild left at the end of the nineteenth century.

In order to impress a powerful duke who comes to visit the zoo, Marlin's father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of it, including Marlin—until one night, when the jaguar confers upon him a powerful gift. Soon, Marlin finds himself with a difficult choice to make and, finally, something to say. If only he can figure out how to say it.

The Wizard's Dog
ISBN: 0553537369

Crown Books for Young Readers. 2017

“A magical story full of humor and heart.” —Katherine Applegate, Newbery-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

For fans of The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom comes an offbeat, comedic spin on the Excalibur legend told from the point of view of a talking dog who wants to be a magician!

Meet Nosewise. He’s spunky. He’s curious. And he’s a dog who can’t understand why his pack mates Merlin and Morgana spend all day practicing magic tricks. If it’s a trick they want, he’s the dog to ask! He can already Sit!, Stay!, and Roll Over!

But there’s no way Nosewise is Stay!ing when his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped. There’s nothing Nosewise won’t do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone. But it may take more than sniffing out a spell to do it!

Nosewise’s hilarious escapades and steadfast loyalty get him and his companions through King Arthur’s Dark Ages.

"An entertaining adventure full of humor and magic" –Booklist

"A delightful magical fantasy, perfect for fans of fairy tales, legends, and dogs.” –School Library Journal

"An ingenious and entirely credible (at least dog lovers will agree with this) twist on the familiar tale.” –Kirkus Reviews

"Nosewise is one of the silliest narrators around." —The Bulletin


The Bully Book

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2014
  • The Zoo at the Edge of the World

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Eric Kahn Gale likes to visit schools and libraries to meet with students in person. He is available for speaking engagements, writing workshops, author visits, Skype presentations, etc. For more information, contact the author at