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David Klass


David Klass

David Klass is the author of many young adult novels, including YOU DON'T KNOW ME, DARK ANGEL and FIRESTORM (The Caretaker Trilogy). He is also a Hollywood screenwriter, having written more than 25 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.

David Klass

Books by David Klass

by David Klass - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

As a teen, Daniel Pratzer's father was one of the most promising chess players in America. But the pressures of the game pushed him too far, and he gave up chess. Now, 30 years later, Mr. Pratzer returns to the game to face down an old competitor and old demons. Daniel was looking for acceptance --- but his father's secrets will force him to make some surprising moves himself.

by David Klass and Perri Klass - Sports

Kendall is a 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 reporter for the school newspaper's sports section, has recruited Jerry to co-author a blog, chronicling the season from each of their perspectives.