Best Selling Books by Dan Elish

Dan Elish is the author of 13: A Novel (2009), The School for the Insanely Gifted (2011), Nine Wives (2013), THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST (2015) and other 58 books.

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13: A Novel

release date: Jun 16, 2009
13: A Novel
The novel based on the groundbreaking musical by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish, 13, a story about friendship, fitting in, and what it means to turn thirteen. Soon to be a movie-musical streaming on Netflix! “No one said becoming a man was easy." Evan didn’t expect relevant life advice from Rabbi Weiner, who looks so old that he must have gone to yeshiva with Moses. But wondering what it means to become a man is the least of Evan’s problems. After being uprooted right before his thirteen birthday from New York City to Appleton, Indiana, he’s more focused on using this fresh start to find the right friends to invite to his bar mitzvah. Because this is his chance to get in with the popular kids—the cool football players and pretty cheerleaders. But it’s the weird kids who welcome him, like his nerdy neighbor Patrice and Archie, whose crutches and muscular dystrophy make him an easy target for bullying. Evan doesn’t want to be laughed at for being different. He can pretend to be like the cool kids; he’s sure he can. But if you spend all your time pretending to be someone else, who do you become? In this story of acceptance and friendship, Evan prepares for his bar mitzvah, grapples with his father’s affair, and learns from his rabbi, all the while presented with various images of what it means to be a man. While he struggles to fit in with the popular boys at school, he eventually learns that being cool is not as important as being a good friend—and a good person. With relatable humor and accessible language, and at a consumable length, this book is perfect for all tweens and especially boys looking for a relatable read. Netflix has announced an adaptation of the Broadway musical that inspired 13: A Novel. Jason Robert Brown will be returning to compose new music for the show, and the cast includes Rhea Perlman, Josh Peck, Debra Messing, and Peter Hermann.

The School for the Insanely Gifted

release date: Jun 21, 2011
The School for the Insanely Gifted
Daphna Whispers is insanely gifted. At age two and a half, she composed her first sonata. At age eight, she completed an opera. And now, at eleven and three-quarters, she is orchestrating a piano rhapsody. With a résumé like that, it's no wonder she is a student at the prestigious Blatt School for the Insanely Gifted. But as sixth grade draws to a close, Daphna's mind is far from the upcoming "Insanity Cup" competition. She's preoccupied by her mother's disappearance two months ago. When a mysterious man breaks into Daphna's small New York apartment, Daphna discovers that her mother's disappearance wasn't a random accident. Her mother knew something—and now somebody is after Daphna. What starts out as a simple fact-finding trip to the basement with her friends spirals into an international expedition. And while Daphna hopes to uncover the secret of her mother's disappearance on her global trek, the last thing she expects to uncover is an outrageous secret about the Blatt School. And one insanely shocking secret about herself.

Nine Wives

release date: Jul 09, 2013
Nine Wives
Henry Mann is a 32-year-old bachelor who has spent the last few years watching everyone he knows get married. After the most recent wedding, where an intoxicated Henry proposes to no less than three women (including the rabbi), it dawns on him that being single isn't that much fun after all. "Nine Wives is an inventive, original, funny, and big-hearted novel, a book I will recommend to anyone interested in good fiction."--Tim O'Brien, National Book Award-winning author of July, July "Dan Elish has written an extremely funny book."—Jay Parini, author of The Apprentice Lover "Dan Elish has created a Portnoy for the 21st century."—David Eddie, author of Chump Change "Henry Mann wages battle between the real world and the imagined one with equal parts goofiness and suaveness. A very charming novel."—Antonya Nelson, author of Female Trouble "Enough to put Bridget Jones to shame."—Helen Schulman, author of P.S. "In a world where Sex and the City and Bergdorff Blondes tell us what we think we need to know about relationships, Elish has created a world far more real without stinting on the wit, insight, or hilarity."—Jonathan Rabb, author of The Book of Q "Dan Elish at last shows women what lurks within the minds of men."—Helen Ellis, author of Eating the Cheshire Cat "I read Nine Wives while Dan and I were dating. I didn't speak to him for a week, but I married him anyway."—Andrea Elish

THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST

release date: Dec 11, 2015
THE WORLDWIDE DESSERT CONTEST
For eleven years in a row, John Applefeller has entered his highly original apple desserts in The Worldwide Dessert Contest. And every year he’s watched his delectable treats turn into disasters while the evil Sylvester Sweet wins first prize. But this year, when John’s greatest creation, the world’s largest pancake, flops, he and his sidekicks decide to seek help from the king of dessert chefs, the magical Captain B. Rollie Ragoon.

Born Too Short

release date: Jan 01, 2002
Born Too Short
Thirteen-year-old Matt is so envious of his best friend Keith that he wishes things would go badly for him, and when Keith's fortune changes while at the same time Matt finds his first true girlfriend, Matt is overcome with guilt.

The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks

release date: Apr 13, 2010
The Attack of the Frozen Woodchucks
Frozen woodchucks are attacking the galaxy! But they're no match for Jimmy and his crew of space travelers . . . or are they? Meet our heroes: Jimmy Weathers An average fifth grader living in New York City who never suspected that the fate of the world would be resting squarely on his ten-year-old shoulders. William H. Taft V Jimmy's best friend—the great-great-great-great-nephew of the fattest man who was ever president. Janice Claytooth A ten-year-old rocket scientist whose bestselling book Light Speed and You has sold only one copy on earth but millions throughout the galaxy. Imogene Weathers A feisty two-year-old inventor with a penchant for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Will this unlikely quartet discover the mastermind behind the frozen woodchuck attacks before it's too late?

The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld

release date: Jul 09, 2013
The Misadventures of Justin Hearnfeld
Meet Justin Hearnfeld, a young man just out of college who would love to lose fifteen pounds and grow three inches taller but otherwise isn't sure what he wants out of life. Seemingly directionless, he takes a job as a high school teacher at the Clarke School for Boys, the private school he attended--and hated--as a teenager. There, Justin commits himself to finding the girl of his dreams. And there are so many possibilities. The girl who teaches in his department, the girl he dated in college, and that new girl who works at Clarke's sister school--all possibilities, but all with their own uniquely humorous frustrations. Also frustrating are Justin's problematic family and the rambunctious students who draw on too much of his time for all the wrong reasons. Something had better go rights for Justin soon, otherwise the bizarre and embarrassing misadventures that seem to plague his life are going to get the better of him. In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age novel, Justin takes his lumps one after another on his way to discovering who he is and the true meaning of love.

Vermont

release date: Sep 30, 2005
Vermont
"Provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, and landmarks of Vermont"--Provided by publisher.

Plays

release date: Jan 15, 2012
Plays
In the Craft of Writing series, aspiring writers will discover that-like carpentry, computer programming, or calculus, but often infinitely more fun-writing is a craft that anyone can learn. Talent helps, but persistence and following some basic rules of the trade are crucial. from fiction to journalism, with playwriting, screenwriting, and poetry in between, readers will learn about the history of the art form as well as getting practical tips on how to go about writing and selling their work. Each book has a chapter full of exercises for the aspiring writer, and all of the books in this series are written by professionals in the field.

Fiction

release date: Jan 15, 2012
Fiction
Explores and explains the craft of writing fiction materials by providing examples and exercises.

The Evolution of Mann

release date: Sep 02, 2019
The Evolution of Mann
The Evolution of Mann follows Henry Mann, a thirty-something-year-old single New Yorker eager to settle down… or so he thinks. After receiving an invitation to his ex-fiancée’s wedding, Henry and his lesbian roommate embark on a quest to find his soulmate, his perfect date.

Washington, D.C.

release date: Dec 01, 2006
Washington, D.C.
"Provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, wildlife, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, peoples, religion, and landmarks of Washington, D.C"--Provided by publisher.

Screenplays

release date: Jan 15, 2012
Screenplays
Explores and explains the craft of screenplays by providing examples and exercises.

New York

release date: Jan 15, 2011
New York
This book explores the geography, climate, history, people, government, and economy of Michigan. All books in the It's My State! � series are the definitive research tool for readers looking to know the ins and outs of a specific state, including comprehensive coverage of its history, people, culture, geography, economy and government.

Molly McGill's Great Ride

release date: May 01, 2003

Colorado

release date: Sep 30, 2005
Colorado
This book provides comprehensive information on the geography, history, governmental structure, economy, cultural diversity, and landmarks of Colorado. The state's song is included.

The Battle of Gettysburg

release date: Jan 01, 2005
The Battle of Gettysburg
Presents the history surrounding the battle at Gettysburg, and summarizes the aftermath of General Lee's retreat.

Theodore Roosevelt

release date: Sep 01, 2007
Theodore Roosevelt
"This series provides comprehensive information on the presidents of the United States and places each within his historical and cultural context. It also explores the formative events of his times and how he respond"--Provided by publisher.

The Sun

release date: Jan 01, 2007
The Sun
Describes how the sun was formed, how it creates heat, how it affects life on Earth, and its probable life span.

James Madison

release date: Jan 01, 2008
James Madison
A comprehensive look at President James Madison within the historical and cultural context of his times.

The Manhattan Project

release date: Jan 01, 2007
The Manhattan Project
Recounts the history of the crash program that resulted in the development of the atomic bomb.

The Civil Rights Movement

release date: Jan 01, 2018
The Civil Rights Movement
In pre-publication, the author was listed as Lucia Raatma.

Jason and the Baseball Bear

release date: Mar 01, 1992
Jason and the Baseball Bear
Fourth-grader Jason, the only member of his Little League team who can talk with animals, improves his team's chances to win the championship with the help of an elderly polar bear named Whitney.

Edmund Hillary

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Edmund Hillary
"An examination of the life and accomplishments of the famed explorer from New Zealand who was one of the first to scale Mount Everest"--Provided by publisher.

Chester A. Arthur

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Chester A. Arthur
Presents a biography of Chester A. Arthur

The Trail of Tears

release date: Sep 01, 2001
The Trail of Tears
Describes the journey of thousands of Cherokee Indians from Georgia to Oklahoma; forced from their land during the winter without proper food, clothing, or shelter.

The Great Squirrel Uprising

release date: Jan 01, 1992
The Great Squirrel Uprising
With the help of Sally, a sympathetic ten-year-old human, Scruff the squirrel leads a consortium of squirrels and birds in a blockade of New York's Central Park to protest the litter there.

NASA

release date: Jan 01, 2007
NASA
Gives a brief history of the NASA space program and the various crafts, satellites and telescopes that it has launched over the years.

The U.S. Supreme Court

release date: Sep 01, 2008
The U.S. Supreme Court
Examines the Supreme Court's historic and modern roles, discussing the influence of specific landmark cases on American life and law.

Galaxies

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Galaxies
A brief history of astronomy explains the Milky Way's place in the universe and the Earth's place within the Milky Way, and describes the different kinds of galaxies.

Inside the Situation Room

release date: Jul 01, 2018
Inside the Situation Room
On-point historical photographs combined with strong narration bring the story of the raid that captured bin Laden to life. Kids will feel as though they are in the room with President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the others in the cabinet who called for and monitored the raid. Primary source quotations make the event feel immediate, and photographs by the White House photographer add to the immediacy, and the understanding of the risks and dangers posed by the ultimately successful mission.

The Black Sox Scandal of 1919

release date: Jan 01, 2006
The Black Sox Scandal of 1919
Describes the events leading up to the 1919 World Series and how eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of deliberatly losing the game.

Insight

release date: Sep 01, 2010
Insight
"Provides information on the hybrid technology used in the Insight, and discusses how the green movement is affecting the auto industry"--Provided by publisher.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

release date: Sep 01, 2008
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"Provides comprehensive information on President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and places him within his historical and cultural context. Also explored are the formative events of his times and how he responded"--Provided by publisher.

Prius

release date: Jan 15, 2011
Prius
Provides information about the hybrid technology used in the Prius, and discusses how the green movement is affecting the auto industry.
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