Patrick Carman

An Award-Winning Author

About Him

Patrick Carman was born on February 27th, 1966, and grew up in Salem, Oregon. He graduated from Willamette University. He also spent a decade living in Portland and worked in advertising, game design, and technology.


He spends his free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, playing basketball, doing crosswords, and many other activities. But more than anything, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 daughters.

Popular Series Written By Him

  • The Land of Elyon
  • Atherton
  • Elliot's Park
  • 39 Clues
  • Floors
  • Trackers
  • Thirteen Days to Midnight
  • Dark Eden
  • Pulse
  • 3:15
  • Skeleton Creek

Some of His Many National Awards

  • 2012 Official Selection, Story Lab Summer Reading Program, UK – Floors
  • 2011 Parents Choice Award – Floors
  • 2011 QED Award from Digital Book World. Recognizes quality, excellence, and design in digital books – Dark Eden
  • 2010 Children’s Book Council nominee – Thirteen Days to Midnight
  • YALSA 2011 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list – Thirteen Days to Midnight
  • 2009-2010 Truman Award Nominee – Atherton
  • 2008 E.B. White Award Nominee – Atherton
  • Winner of the 2007 National Lamplighter Award – The Dark Hills Divide
  • Winner of the Cochecho Readers Award 2005-2006 – The Dark Hills Divide