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Try as he might to keep his identity off the jacket flaps of his books - and to use crazy content on his blogs to remain elusive - Andrew Smith is becoming a household name.

As father, teacher, and now award-winning author, Andrew Smith shares his passion for reading. From his view at the front of the classroom (and looking what his high-school son is reading), he knows that we are forfeiting a golden opportunity to engage boys as readers.

Drawing on his own love of reading and his experience as a journalist, Andrew Smith is creating books that teens (and their parents) want to read. His first novel, Ghost Medicine received lots of accolades from reviewers, and was named one of the ALA's Best Books for Young Adults 2009. It has been nominated for the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, the California Book Award.

Spend a bit of time with Andrew, as I did at Book Expo America 2008, and you will quickly see that he is just as excited (maybe even more excited) talking about boys and reading as he is promoting his own books.

From the jacketflap for Ghost Medicine: Andrew Smith lives in the mountains above Los Angeles on a ranch where he and his family keep horses. In addition to writing, he teaches high-school advance placement classes and coaches rugby.

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