The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Todd Strasser

Family drama

New York City
May 5,1950

Angel Dust Blues: A Novel

“When I was a teenager in the 1960s, I faced a lot of difficult choices,” Todd Strasser said in a publisher's pamphlet. “I was always asking myself, 'Should I or shouldn't I?' But compared to today's teens, my life was sheltered. Teens today have even more difficult decisions to make. I hope that each of my books shows an example of a young adult who learns good judgment. Good YA literature should help the reader make the right choices.”

Strasser, the son of an executive and a legal assistant, graduated from Beloit College in 1974. He married Pamela Older, a production manager, in 1981. They have one child.

Strasser has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance writer, advertising copywriter, researcher, and president of a fortune cookie company. He speaks at teacher and librarian conferences and conducts writing workshops.

“Most teens today want books with characters they can identify with,” Strasser stated in the pamphlet. “They want to be entertained, not preached to. I try to make my books funny, but not frivolous; readable but not patronizing. There's always an important underlying message that I want to get across.

“By the time they reach thirteen, many boys have started to resist reading fiction. Part of the reason, I think, is that many books for

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