Todd and his kids
Shortly after Todd was born (in New York City) his parents moved to Roslyn Heights, New York (Long Island). Todd
went to the I.U. Willets Elementary school and then attended the Wheatley School for junior high and high school.
His best subject was science. He also liked to read, but had difficulty with spelling and grammar, and struggled
in English. His favorite sports were tennis, skiing, and fishing.
Todd went to college at New York University for a few years, and then dropped out. He lived on a commune, then lived
in Europe where he was a street musician. All the while, he wrote songs and poems and lots of letters to his friends
back home. After returning to the United States he studied literature and writing at Beloit College.
After college, Todd worked as a reporter at the Middletown Times Herald-Record newspaper in Middletown, New York, and
later at Compton Advertising in New York City. In 1978, he sold his first novel, Angel Dust Blues, and used the money
to start the Dr. Wing Tip Shoo fortune cookie company. For the next 12 years, Todd sold many more fortune cookies than books.
In 1990, Todd moved to Westchester County, N.Y. He is the author of more than 120 books for teens and middle graders
including the best-selling Help! I'm Trapped In ... series, and numerous award-winning YA novels including The Wave,
Give A Boy A Gun, The Accident, Can't Get There From Here, Boot Camp, and If I Grow Up.
His newest series for grades 3 - 6 is The Tardy Boys.
Several of his books have been adapted for television and his novel How I Created My Perfect Prom Date became the feature
release Drive Me Crazy. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he has also written for
television, newspapers, and magazines such as The New Yorker, Esquire, and The New York Times.
Todd now divides his time between writing books and speaking at schools and conferences. When he's at home, he likes
to spend time with his children, fish, play tennis and ski, but his favorite new sport is surfing.