Peter Lerangis is the author of more than 160 books, which have sold almost five million copies and been translated into 27 languages, including two books in the New York Times-bestselling series The 39 Clues (Book #3: The Sword Thief and Book #7: The Viper"s Nest) and co-authorship (along with Rick Riordan, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson) of Book #11: Vespers Rising. His latest contribution to The 39 Clues: Cahills Vs. Vespers series is Book 3: The Dead of Night.
His novel Smiler"s Bones, based on the true story of a Polar Eskimo boy orphaned in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, was selected as a New York. Public Library Best Books for Teens 2006, a Bank Street Best Books of 2006, and a Junior Library Guild pick.
A Harvard graduate with a degree in biochemistry, Peter became a Broadway musical theater actor after college. He has run a marathon and gone rock-climbing during an earthquake, but not on the same day. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two sons.