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.

For more information about the author, please visit the frequently asked questions section of this site.

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  1. Roshan Mahesh says:

    I am writing a book report. How were you inspired on writing the series?

  2. loveuly says:

    your books are wonderful !!!

  3. Rohan Heynen says:

    Hello Mr Carman, I am a current student at the Australian Industry Trade College. I was wondering if you where able to answer a few questions for me to help with my biography. as a class we just finished reading skeleton creek.

    Q1. when did you start to write professionally?
    and Q2. is why did you start to write professionally?

    if you could these for me that would be great.


    Rohan Heynen

    • PatrickCarman says:

      I started writing books in 2003, and started writing novels because I love telling stories – it took me a really long time to get good at writing a coherent sentence or I would have started sooner! PC

  4. Jacob I. says:

    skeleton creek is sooo addicting. The videos make it unique. they add another layer.

  5. Bep Bop says:

    I love omega rising.

  6. Preston Gosnell says:

    pulse is the series that got me reading non-stop

  7. Donald D McLean says:

    I love Floors series I listened to it once via our local library twice. I then bought the audiobooks. It is an awesome series, I hope you make some more books in the series.

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  9. ash hell says:

    i love skelleton creek

  10. Joey says:

    Love the books, I read them when I was a kid, but I was more of a racing type. Still love the mysteries

  11. Dawn says:

    Hello Mr. Carman I have a question or two for you. I just got done reading your five books of the Land of Elyon. My question is why is “Stargazer” considered the fourth book instead of the fifth when “Into the Mist” carries on the story after “The Tenth City” and before “Stargazer”. I understand you may have written Stargazer 4th, but maybe you should have put a note for the reader which should be read first. I go 4 and 5 at the same time and read them in the right order. Thanks. Love the books…:D

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  13. Alyssa says:

    How old are your kids and i love you books

  14. Emma says:

    Hey, I love Patrick Carman’s books. At least The Land of Elyon books! I was wondering if he was Jewish. There are a lot of Jewish-like things in those books. Like Elyon. Elyon is one of the Jewish names for God.

  15. Carole Jackson says:

    random jumbled thoughts about how moved I am by the Land of Elyon books. I wanted to express my deep appreciation to you for these stories. I often read Young Adult stories and I see from website that these stories are rated for even younger readers. I am an elder, maybe even a significantly elder person in number of years. When I just finished The Tenth City yesterday I was moved to tears several times as the story began to conclude. And I thought of my father, who passed a little more than 20 years ago, one week after my 50th birthday and what a special man he was.Remembering was powerful. In order to really know that deep specialness, one had to pay attention, and I did. In a way his greatness was subtle, and he was still recognized, I often thought by people who didn’t really know why.

    I am quite an animal person, so a young girl who gets to talk with animals who work together for good certainly gets my attention. And the metaphors create such richness that as you know the stories can operate on many levels.

    A young girl as the center of the story also much appreciated. I didn’t grow up with many female heroes given that time before the re-emergence of the women’s movement in late 60s-early 70s. It was Alec with the Black Stallion shipwrecked on a deserted island. I am glad that Alec had that experience, and I wanted a story with a girl having her own adventure, although I don’t know that I could have articulated that at the time. .

    I love the cover art. It seems just perfect. I love the subtle changes as she gets a little older.

    I am deeply moved by these books. Thank you.

  16. dalton brown says:

    I love your skeleton creek books 1 through book 4 are awesome I love them I can’t wait please right me back.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Hi I was wondering about how you got your inspiration to write the pulse series.

  18. Tristan says:

    I’ve read every single one of your books and skeleton creek and thirteen days to midnight are my favorite.

  19. Tristan says:

    Yeah is it true that in the book are real places and real people

  20. Ethan says:

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    jacob says:
    i loved your skeleton creek! can you make a new book based on the Ryan and Sarah before the accident please!?

  21. jacob says:

    i loved your skeleton creek! can you make a new book based on the Ryan and Sarah before the accident please!?

  22. amie says:

    your books are really good

  23. Eric Cyrus says:

    Hello Mr. Carman, I read your book 13 Days to Midnight and loved it! one of my favorite books. I have to do an author profile for this book and need to know more about why you wrote the book. that being said, i cannot find anything on the internet about this and i need your help. could you email me some things? i really need your help for this project! thank you very much Mr. Carman! hopefully here from you soon.
    Thanks, Eric Cyrus.

  24. Britney says:

    I loved Thirteen Days to Midnight! I love the creativity and hope that you will continue your wonderful writing! I wish that I could meet you and get my book signed! Thankyou!

  25. Anna says:

    I absolutely LOVED pulse! I hope one day I can have a signed copy and I cannot wait to read the next ones once my library gets them;) Thankyou for having an amazing imagination and creating these amazing books!


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