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Illinois Center for the Book

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

  • The Bully Book: A Novel, HarperCollins, 2012
  • The Zoo at the Edge of the World, Balzer + Bray, 2014
  • The Wizard's Dog, Crown Books, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

The Bully Book /
ISBN: 0062125117. OCLC Number:

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In this story told alternately through journal entries and instructions from a bullying manual, sixth-grader Eric embarks on a quest to find the reason why he is being teased and tormented in middle school.

The Zoo at the Edge of the World /
ISBN: 0062125168. OCLC Number:

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"Marlin, a stutterer, can talk smoothly and freely with the jungle animals that populate his father's zoo in South America--until a mysterious man-eating black jaguar that his father catches and brings back home talks back"--

The wizard's dog /
ISBN: 0553537369. OCLC Number:

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When his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped, there is nothing Nosewise the dog will not 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.


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