Patrick Carman is the award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. He grew up in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Willamette University. His birthday is February 27th, 1966. He spent a decade living in Portland, where he worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

Patrick Carman writes books for young adults and children for Scholastic, Harper Collins, and Little Brown Books For Young Readers. His bestselling books and series includes The Land of Elyon, Atherton, 39 Clues, Floors, Thirteen Days to Midnight,  Pulse, 3:15, Fizzopolis, Mr. Gedrick and Me, and Skeleton Creek. Mr. Carman’s books have been translated into 26 languages.

Mr. Carman spends his free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball, golfing badly, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with his family.

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  1. Jayden Andras says:

    Your books are awesome.My favorite author is you and the skeleton creek series is great.I was wondering if you can make a series similar to it.The fifth book was awesome,I just thought there would be more to.I wish my own collection of your books.

  2. skeleton creek says:

    skeleton creek is so good i have the collection at my home

  3. Ethan byrd says:

    Your books are so awesome I wish I could have a signed one 🙁

  4. Jonas says:

    Why dont you make another book to the Atherton series? One where another satalite planet appears. The mixture of technology and the outdoors is supurb. PLEASE try to get the Atherton series made into a movie. If made right the movie would be epic. I have also read the Elyon series. It was good too. And, about the second book, it would be amazing if Dr. Harding’s brain survived and was turned into a super computer. sincerely, Jonas

  5. ryanthayer says:

    I like the 39 cules

  6. Carol says:

    I love your skeleton creek series

  7. Misty says:

    Your books are cool but i did not read one yet

  8. awsome girl 29 says:

    hey hey hey, me and my class got done with trackers book 1. it was really confusing, one moment zara and lazlo are evil and the next they are cool kids. could you help me figure this out

  9. Morgan says:

    I love Trackers book one is so cool

  10. Lyra says:

    I am your #1 fan! my favorite books are The Land Of Elyon series. I have read every single one. Will you send me a picture of your autograph? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

  11. All For One says:

    I love the 39 clues work the black circle.

  12. kable says:

    Hello! I love these books. I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to reading books. Mr.Carman i want to know what just sets the spark of when you write? please reply.

  13. kiah, emma & mia says:

    Us girls have been reading the skeleton creek series and we love it. Our fabulous teacher got us onto it and there is like a whole line to read the books at our school.
    Emma, Mia & kiah

  14. technogeak says:

    The series of skeleton creek is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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  16. Riley says:

    I love the series floors, and thenk you for writing them!

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  18. natalie says:

    i love your books they are amazing im ive read the whole serese of skeloton creek

  19. Alexis says:

    I love the Land of Elyon series and it has been one of the best book I have read in a long time and I can’t believe the secret you find out in the third book; The Tenth City!!!!

  20. jeffrey says:

    Patrick Carman is the awardwinning author of many books oooooooooooo mmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyy gggggggggggooooooooooddddddddd

  21. jeffrey says:

    best book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) 😀

  22. jace weiand says:

    i love your books exspecialy skeliten creek.

  23. Ashley says:

    I love the land of elyon books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. felicity says:

    he is a funny guy he relates to kids

  25. Desiree says:

    i LOVE your books!!! When you came to my school your books went off the charts at the library. On Monday all your books were checked out! Again i LOVE your books, #1 fan, love you. Bye.
    (Gotta say.Pulse is fuhsizzles!)


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