The Authors

These are the authors of The 39 Clues books. Click on the pictures to visit the authors' websites.
Click on their names to see the authors' books in the library catalog.

Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan is best known for his bestselling Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. In college, he studied History and English, and he also taught those subjects in middle schools. He wrote The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles) and, most recently, The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus). Rick Riordan was born and raised in Texas, and now he lives there with his family. To find out more, visit his website.



Jude Watson
Jude Watson never thought that she could become a writer until she actually became one. She wrote many books about Star Wars and other subjects for young readers, all under different names. After twenty years of writing, she wrote her first book for teens written under her real name, Judy Blundell. She has lived all over the country, but she now lives in New York State. To learn more about her, visit her website.       


Patrick Carman
Patrick Carman has been writing since he was a child and loves being a storyteller. Some of his bestselling series are: The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot’s Park and Skeleton Creek. He enjoys "fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games and reading (lots)." Check out his website for more information.



Linda Sue Park
Linda Sue Park grew up outside of Chicago and is the daughter of Korean immigrants. She has been a published author since she was nine years old, and she wrote her first novel, Seesaw Girl, in 1999. She has written six children’s novels and five picture books for younger readers. Her novel A Single Shard won the Newbery Medal.  Linda loves "dogs, watching sports on television and playing board and video games." To find out more about her and her books, visit her website.
Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman wrote his first book, This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall, when he was 12 years old. He is well known for his Swindled series, the Island series and the Kidnapped series as well as several other books for young readers. He hates "opera, New York traffic, zucchini sticks and books where the dog dies." Find out more on his website.




Peter Lerangis
Peter Lerangis has written a lot of books! Some of them include the historical novel Smiler's Bones, the Drama Club series, the Spy X series, the Watchers series, the Abracadabra series and the Antarctica two-book adventure. He has also done some ghostwriting for series such as the Three Investigators, the Hardy Boys Casefiles, Sweet Valley Twins and more than forty books in the series The Baby-sitters Club. His newest book is The Colossus Rises, the first in the Seven Wonders series. According to his author biography on Scholastic's web site, he has been a Broadway theater actor, run a marathon and gone rock-climbing during an earthquake. For more, take a look at his website.

Margaret Peterson Haddix
Margaret Peterson Haddix has written more than 25 books for kids and teens, including the Among the Hidden series and the Missing series. Her books have been honored with many awards. She enjoys "reading, travel, swimming, bicycling, hiking, going to museums and hanging out with family and friends." To learn more about Margaret Peterson Haddix, check out her website.