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A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.
You are what you read.

Michael Northrop

My Bookprint



Michael Northrop shares why he chose the following boos for his Bookprint

1. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
The first novel I remember reading on my own.

2. Watership Down by Richard Adams
A hop toward more serious tales . . .

3. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
By Junior High, I was ready to venture into darker (and more realistic) territory.

4. Crow by Ted Hughes
Caws and effect: Hughes redefined my idea of what writing could be.

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I didn’t really get this book . . . until I left home.


Michael Northrop is the author of the young adult novels Gentlemen (2009) and Trapped (2011) and the middle grade novel Plunked (2012). The American Library Association/YALSA has named his books to their Best Books for Young Adults, Readers’ Choice, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers lists. He has also written short fiction for Weird Tales, the Notre Dame Review, and McSweeney’s. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, Michael now writes full-time from his home in New York City.

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