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Bruce Hale

Edgar-nominated author Bruce Hale has written or illustrated over 60 books for young readers, including the popular Chet Gecko Mysteries series, The Monstertown Mysteries, and Clark the Shark.


Behind the Book with Bruce Hale

Find out the story behind your favorite Bruce Hale book.

Bruce Hale

30 Minute Program

From Reluctant Reader to Author: A Writer's Life

Thinking of becoming a writer? Learn how an author becomes an author.

Bruce Hale

45 Minute Program

Story Power: Writing Secrets for Young Writers

All you need is something to write on (and with), whether it's a laptop or pencil and paper — and your imagination.

Bruce Hale

45 Minute Program

Quick Draw! Anyone Can Draw Cartoons

To participate, all you need is paper, pen or pencil, and imagination.

Bruce Hale

45 Minute Program

Raised by wolves just outside Los Angeles, Bruce Hale worked as a surveyor, actor, DJ, English teacher (in Japan), and corporate lackey, before turning to a career in writing. Bruce has written and illustrated more than 60 seriously funny books for young readers, including his award-winning series, The Chet Gecko Mysteries, The Monstertown Mysteries, and the Clark the Shark picture books. (One of which ended up in a McDonald’s Happy Meal. Not the way you’re thinking.)

His book, The Malted Falcon, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America, and Murder, My Tweet won a Little D Award for Humor Writing. Bruce’s fractured fairytale, Snoring Beauty, landed on Oprah’s Recommended Reading for Kids list.

A Fulbright Scholar (in Storytelling), Bruce is in demand as a speaker, having presented at conferences, universities, and schools from New York to New Delhi. His acting credits include numerous plays and musicals, several TV commercials, and an independent movie, "The Ride" (in which he plays a surfer's agent).

Bruce is a member of the National Speakers Association, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. A firm believer in fun, he can often be found hiking, kickboxing, or singing latin jazz with his band, Mezcal Martini.

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