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David Klass

David Klass
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David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including You Don't Know Me, Losers Take All, and Grandmaster. He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than twenty-five action screenplays, including Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd, Walking Tall, starring The Rock, and Desperate Measures, starring Michael Keaton and Andy Garcia. Klass grew up in a family that loved literature and theater-his parents were both college professors and writers-but he was a reluctant reader, preferring sports to books. But he started loving the adventure stories his parents would bring home from the library-particularly Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and Alexandre Dumas. After his sister twice won a story contest in Seventeen magazine, Klass decided he would win it too, and when he was a senior in high school, he did, publishing his first story, "Ringtoss," in the magazine. He studied at Yale University, where he won the Veech Award for Best Imaginative Writing. He taught English in Japan, and wrote his first novel, The Atami Dragons, about that experience. He now lives in New York with his wife and two children.

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Listen to author David Klass read from his young adult novel Firestorm, Book 1 of The Caretaker Trilogy. Hear the author introduce the book and read an excerpt.

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Losers Take All
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Losers Take All

David Klass
Square Fish
Square Fish

At Jack Logan's sports-crazy New Jersey high school, the new rule is that all kids must play on a team. So Jack and a ragtag group of anti-athletic friends decide to get even. They are going to start...

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Grandmaster
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Grandmaster

David Klass
Square Fish
Square Fish

Freshman Daniel Pratzer gets a chance to prove himself when the chess team invites him and his father to a weekend-long parent-child tournament. Daniel, thinking that his father is a novice, can't...

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Second Impact
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Second Impact

David Klass and Perri Klass
Square Fish
Square Fish

Kendall is football town, and Jerry Downing is the high school's star quarterback, working to redeem himself after he nearly killed a girl in a drunk driving accident last year. Carla Jenson, lead...

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You Don't Know Me
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You Don't Know Me

David Klass
Square Fish
Square Fish

One minute I'm short, the next minute tall, one minute I'm geeky, one minute studly, my shape constantly changes, and the only thing that stays constant is my brown eyes. Watching you. That's right, I'm watching you right now . . .

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Timelock
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Timelock

Caretaker Trilogy

David Klass
Square Fish
Square Fish

In this thrilling finale to the Caretaker Trilogy, the end of life as we know it has arrived, and history will be made—or lost—at the hands of one young hero.

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Stuck on Earth
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Stuck on Earth

David Klass
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Ketchvar III's mission is simple: travel to Planet Earth, inhabit the body of an average teenager, and determine if the human race should be annihilated. And so Ketchvar—who, to human eyes, looks just like a common snail—crawls into the brain of one Tom Filber and attempts to do his analysis. At first glance, Tom appears to be the perfect specimen—fourteen years old, good health, above average intelligence. But it soon becomes apparent that Tom Filber may be a little too average—gawky, awkward, and utterly abhorred by his peers. An alien within an alien's skin, Ketchvar quickly finds himself wrapped up in the daily drama of teenage life—infuriating family members, raging bullies, and undeniably beautiful next-door neighbors. And the more entangled Ketchvar becomes, the harder it is to answer the question he was sent to Earth to resolve: Should the Sandovinians release the Gagnerian Death Ray and erase the human species for good? Or is it possible that Homo sapiens really are worth saving?

Wickedly wry and hysterically skewed, David Klass's take on teen life on our fabulously flawed Planet Earth is an engrossing look at true friends, truer enemies, and awkward alien first kisses.

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Whirlwind
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Whirlwind

Caretaker Trilogy

David Klass
Square Fish
Square Fish

In this environmental thriller, one boy is in a race against the Dark Lord to save the rain forests and the future.

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Firestorm
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Firestorm

Caretaker Trilogy

David Klass
Square Fish
Square Fish

Jack Danielson is in a race against time to save the oceans and the future.

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Dark Angel
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Dark Angel

David Klass
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

A taut psychological thriller for teens

Seventeen-year-old Jeff thought he would never again have to deal with his older brother, a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. But after...

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Home of the Braves
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Home of the Braves

David Klass
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

What makes an average American high school suddenly become violent?

As Joe Brickman heads into the fall of his senior year, he's looking forward to the soccer season, when he will captain...

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