Alexander London

“I believe there is a book out of there for every child, and that every child deserves a book that feels like it was written just for them. In speaking to students, whatever their age, I try to ignite their imaginations, expand their sense of what is possible, and connect them to the amazing community of readers in which each and every one of them has a place if they choose to find it.”


Alexander London (Alex) has written numerous books for children and teens. He’s the author of several middle grade series including The Wild Ones, Dog Tags, and Tides of War. He is also the author of two titles in the celebrated The 39 Clues series. Alex’s young adult debut novel, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and named to many state reading lists. Alex’s first picture book, The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl, arrives in 2018.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Alex moved to New York to attend Columbia University. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and then earned his Masters Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute, thanks to a speech by Chris Crutcher.

Over the years, Alex has held many jobs. As a journalist, he reported from conflict zones and refugee camps in Africa and Southeast Asia. He was a public librarian, a bookseller, and a snorkel salesman (yes, a snorkel salesman). Of course, Alex loves to write, but he can’t without coffee. He also loves animals, except for lizards and bugs.

These days, Alex lives in Philadelphia with his husband Tim, and his dog, Baxter, who many feel is the real brains of the operation.

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