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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel Kraus  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1975 Midland, Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Kraus lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel Kraus is an editor, film director and award-winning writer. He wrote ''Trollhunters'' with filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and has directed six feature films, including ''Sheriff'' and ''Musician. '' An editor at the American Library Association, Krause is also a regular contributor to different publications including ''Cosmopolitan'', ''Playboy'', ''Maxim'', and ''''.

Published Works

  • The Monster Variations, Delacourt, 2009
  • Rotters, Delacourt Books for Young Readers, 2011
  • Scowler, Delacourt, 2013
  • Trollhunters, Disney-Hyperion, 2015 - written with Guillermo del Toro
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume One: At the Edge of Empire, Simon & Schuster, 2015
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch, Volume Two: Empire Decayed, Simon & Schuster, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

The monster variations /
ISBN: 0385737335. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York :. ©2009.

On his way to State University, nineteen-year-old James runs into a former friend and is immersed in memories from the year they were twelve and learned that monsters exist in the world--and within themselves.

Rotters /
ISBN: 0385738579. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York :. ©2011.

Sixteen-year-old Joey's life takes a very strange turn when his mother's tragic death forces him to move from Chicago to rural Iowa with the father he has never known, and who is the town pariah.

Scowler /
ISBN: 0385743092. OCLC Number:

Delacorte Press,. New York :. ©2013.

In the midst of a 1981 meteor shower in Iowa, a homicidal maniac escapes from prison and returns to the farm where his nineteen-year-old son, Ry, must summon three childhood toys, including one called Scowler, to protect himself, his eleven-year-old sister, Sarah, and their mother.

Trollhunters /
ISBN: 1423125983. OCLC Number:

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Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino-one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named "Tubby" who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn't know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

The death and life of Zebulon Finch.
ISBN: 148141139X. OCLC Number:

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"The story follows Zebulon Finch, a teenager murdered in 1896 Chicago who inexplicably returns from the dead and searches for redemption through the ages"--

The death and life of Zebulon Finch.
ISBN: 148141142X. OCLC Number:

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"The conclusion to Daniel Kraus's saga about a murdered teen who is resurrected to walk the earth for decades to come"--


The Monster Variations


  • 100 Best Stuff for Teens, New York Public Library, 2009
  • Rotters

  • Top 10 Horror Fiction, Booklist
  • Blue Ribbon List Winner, BCCB
  • Editorsí Choice List, Booklist
  • Amazing Audiobooks List, American Library Association
  • Earphones Award Winner, AudioFile
  • Bram Stoker Award Finalist, 2011
  • Top Fiction Book, Rue Morgue Magazine, 2011
  • Odyssey Award, 2012
  • Parent's Choice Gold Award for Fiction, 2012
  • Top 10 Youth Books, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2012
  • ILLINOIS READS Selection, 2015
  • Scowler

  • Best Fiction for Young Adults, YALSA
  • Tayshas Reading List
  • A Best Book of the Year, Stacked
  • A Best Book of the Year, Liz Burns
  • Editor's Choice, Booklist
  • Best YA/Kids Books, Buzzfeed, 2013
  • Junior Library Guild Selection, 2013
  • 20 Best YA Books, Chicago Public Library, 2013
  • Top 10 Horror Novels, Bloody Disgusting, 2013
  • Top 10 Audiobooks, YALSA, 2014
  • Odyssey Award, 2014
  • The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch

  • Top Ten Books, Entertainment Weekly, 2015

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