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General Information

Name:  Eliot Schrefer  

Pen Name: E. Archer

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: 1978 in Chicago, Illinois

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Schrefer was born in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Eliot Schrefer is the author most recently of ''Threatened'', about a boy surviving in the jungles of Gabon alongside chimpanzees. He is also one of 12 authors of the Spirit Animals series. After a childhood spent in Illinois, Connecticut, Maryland, and Florida, Schrefer attended Harvard University, where he graduated with High Honors in French and American literature. After a year teaching at a boarding school in Rome, he settled down in New York City, where he writes fiction during the day and tutors for the SATs in the evening.

Published Works

    Spirit Animals Schrefer is the author of the following books in the series:
  • Rise and Fall , Scholastic, 2014
  • Fall of the Beasts: Immortal Guardians, Scholastic, 2015Endangered Series:
  • Endangered , Scholastic, 2012
  • Threatened, Scholastic, 2014
  • Rescued, Scholastic, 2016Individual Titles:
  • Glamorous Disasters: A Novel, Simon & Schuster, 2006
  • The New Kid, Simon & Schuster, 2007
  • Hack the SAT: Strategies and Sneaky Shortcuts That Can Raise Your Score Hundreds of Points, Gotham, 2008
  • The School For Dangerous Girls, Scholastic, 2010
  • The Deadly Sister, Scholastic, 2012Under the pen name: E. Archer
  • Geek Fantasy Novel, Scholastic, 2011, reprinted, 2016

Selected Titles At Your Library

Rise and fall /
ISBN: 054552248X. OCLC Number:

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"Deep in the desert there sits a beautiful oasis, ruled by a monarch unlike any other in Erdas. His name is Cabaro, the Great Lion, and he reigns over a kingdom of animals, jealously guarding his golden talisman. No human has ever set foot on the Great Beast's territory. The journey to his oasis is impossible. As a team, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have achieved the impossible before. But now that team is broken--the friends scattered by a devastating betrayal. The young heroes and their spirit animals have already sacrificed much in their quest for the talismans. But with the world crumbling all around them--and a ruthless enemy opposing their every move--their greatest sacrifices are yet to come."--Back cover.

Immortal guardians /
ISBN: 0545830001. OCLC Number:

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When an ancient dark force emerges from a centuries-long slumber, Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan must stop it from sweeping through Erdas and destroying their spirit animals--and the world.

Endangered /
ISBN: 0545165776. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York, N.Y. :. 2012.

Sophie is not happy to be back in the Congo for the summer, but when she rescues an abused baby bonobo she becomes more involved in her mother's sanctuary--and when fighting breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked, it is up to Sophie to rescue the apes and somehow survive in the jungle.

Threatened /
ISBN: 0545551439. OCLC Number:

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Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a man calling himself Prof who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle--but when Prof disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest.

Rescued /
ISBN: 054565503X. OCLC Number:

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When John was ten years old his father brought back a baby orangutan from Indonesia, and Raja quickly becomes John's "brother" and responsibility--so years later, after his parents divorce, and his father has sold Raja to a roadside zoo, John sets out to rescue him and bring him to a sanctuary in Indonesia.

Glamorous disasters :
ISBN: 0743281675. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2006.

In the glossy private world of Fifth Avenue teens, some millionaire parents will do, pay, or say anything to help their children ace the SATs.

The new kid :
ISBN: 0743299094. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2007.

Rendered a perpetual newcomer due to his parents' frequent job losses and relocations, Humphrey unsuccessfully struggles to fit into his new Florida community and joins his heartbroken older sister during a fateful trip to Italy.

Hack the SAT :
ISBN: 1592403697. OCLC Number:

Gotham Books,. New York, N.Y. :. ©2008.

Offers guidance and tools for scoring well on the SAT, including a vocabulary list, subject reviews, test-taking tips, and advice on writing an essay.

The school for dangerous girls /
ISBN: 0545035295. OCLC Number:

Point,. New York :. 2010, ©2009.

Sent to a remote, run-down reform school in Colorado, fifteen-year-old Angela is placed with the better girls, but upon learning that her "dangerous" friends are being isolated and left to live as animals, she takes radical steps to join them and help them escape.

The deadly sister /
ISBN: 054516575X. OCLC Number:

Scholastic,. New York :. 2010.

Abby Goodwin has always covered for her sister, Maya. but now Maya has been accused of murder, and Abby's not sure she'll be able to cover for her sister anymore. Abby helps Maya escape. But when Abby begins investigating the death, she find that you can't trust anyone, not even the people you think you know.

Geek :
ISBN: 0545160405. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York, NY :. 2011.

Ralph is asked to spend the summer with his strange British relatives at their old manor house in order to set up their Wi-Fi network. And thus begins his strange adventure.



  • New York Times Editors' Choice
  • NPR's "Best of 2012"
  • Finalist, National Book Award in Young People's Literature
  • Finalist, Walden Book Award
  • Winner, Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award
  • Winner, Green Earth Book Award
  • Threatened

  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Spirit Animals Series

  • New York Times

    bestselling series

  • USA Today


    The School for Dangerous Girls

  • A New York Public Library "Best of the Teen Age

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Literary Agent

    Richard Pine Inkwell Management 521 Fifth Avenue, 26th Floor New York, NY 10175 (212)


    Film Agent

    Rich Green Resolution 1801 Century Park East, 23rd Floor Los Angeles, CA 90067 (424)


    Scholastic Publicist

    Becky Amsel Scholastic 557 Broadway New York, NY 10012 (212)


    Author Visits Rep

    Antonio Gonzalez Scholastic 557 Broadway New York, NY 10024 (212)