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.”


Alex London has written books for children, teens, even a few grown-ups, with over 2 million copies sold.

His young adult debut, Proxy, was an American Library Association Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers and a 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. His latest young adult novels, Black Wings Beating and Red Skies Falling, start an epic fantasy trilogy and have received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. Black Wings Beating was an NBC Today Show Pick, a Kirkus Best Young Adult Fantasy of 2018 selection, and a We Need Diverse Books 2018 ‘Must Read’.

For middle grade readers, Alex is the author of The Wild Ones series, Dog Tags and Tides of War series, as well as the Accidental Adventures and two titles in The 39 Clues series. He’s also the author of the graphic novel picture book, The Adventures of Wrong Man and Power Girl.

Alex was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to New York to attend Columbia University. He graduated with a degree in philosophy and earned his Masters Degree in Library Science from Pratt Institute. He’s been a Hollywood talent agent’s assistant, a Young Adult Librarian, and a snorkel salesman. At one time a journalist reporting from conflict zones and refugee camps, he now lives in Philadelphia, PA where he, his husband, and his daughter can be found wandering among the tress of Fairmount Park talking to the dog, who is the real brains of the operation.

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