Gary Blackwood (author)

Gary Blackwood (born October 23, 1945) is an American author known for The Shakespeare Stealer trilogy.[1] Born in Meadville, Pennsylvania,[2] Blackwood sold his first story when he was nineteen.[3] In 1998, he published The Shakespeare Stealer, a historical fiction novel about an orphan, Widge, who is sent to steal Hamlet from William Shakespeare and The Lord Chamberlain's Men. After it won the 1999 ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Blackwood published two sequels, Shakespeare's Scribe (2000) and Shakespeare's Spy (2003). Since then, he has continued writing historical fiction, such as Around the World in 100 Days (2010), which the Smithsonian named a 2010 Notable Book for Children and Kirkus Book Reviews one of 2010's Best Books for Teens. In 2017, he branched out into adult fiction with a Victorian mystery, Bucket’s List, and followed it with a sequel, Bucket’s Brigade (2019).

Gary Blackwood
Born (1945-10-23) October 23, 1945
Meadville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenreChildren's fiction, historical fiction, science fiction
Notable worksThe Shakespeare Stealer

Blackwood is also a widely produced playwright. In 2001, the Kennedy Center commissioned him to write a one-act play of The Shakespeare Stealer; two years later, Seattle Children’s Theatre commissioned a full-length version that has since been staged by a number of other professional theatres, including Nashville Children’s Theatre and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.


  • 1990 Friends of American Writers Best Young Adult Novel for The Dying Sun[4]
  • Ozark Creative Writers Conference 1st prize for Attack of the Mushroom People
  • Missouri Scriptworks 1st prize for Dark Horse
  • 1999 ALA Best Book for Young Adults for The Shakespeare Stealer[5]
  • 2010 Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children for Around the World in 100 Days[6]
  • 2010 Best Books for Teens by Kirkus Book Reviews for Around the World in 100 Days[7]



  1. Pinsent, P. "'Not For An Age But For All Time': The Depiction of Shakespeare In a Selection of Children's Fiction". New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, 2004.
  2. "Gary L. Blackwood (1945–) Biography – Personal, Career, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights". Brief Biographies. Net Industries. Retrieved July 18, 2012.
  3. "About Gary Blackwood". Penguin Group USA. Retrieved April 7, 2013.
  4. "Friends of American Writers Chicago Juvenile Literature Awards". Friends of American Writers Chicago. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  5. "1999 ALA Best Books for Young Adults". American Library Association. Retrieved January 16, 2008.
  6. "Smithsonian's 2010 Notable Books for Children". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved March 12, 2011.
  7. "2010 Best Books for Teens: The Complete List". Kirkus Book Reviews. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  8. Blackwood, Gary L. (1982). The lion & the unicorn. Rolla, Miss.: Eagle Books. ISBN 0-910971-00-5. OCLC 9179222.
  9. Blackwood, Gary L. (1987). Wild Timothy (1st ed ed.). New York: Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-31352-7. OCLC 15197060.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  10. Blackwood, Gary L. (1989). The dying sun (1st ed ed.). New York, NY: Atheneum. ISBN 0-689-31482-5. OCLC 18464380.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  11. Blackwood, Gary L. (1991). Beyond the door. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company. New York: Macmillan/McGraw-Hill Co. ISBN 0-02-274938-1. OCLC 32230780.
  12. Blackwood, Gary L. (1995). Time masters. Singapore: EPB Publishers. ISBN 9971-0-0624-3. OCLC 226165598.
  13. Blackwood, Gary L. (1998). The Shakespeare stealer (1st ed ed.). New York: Dutton Children's Books. ISBN 0-525-45863-8. OCLC 37862702.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  14. Blackwood, Gary L. (1999). Moonshine. Tarrytown, N.Y.: Marshall Cavendish. ISBN 0-7614-5056-4. OCLC 40681947.
  15. Blackwood, Gary L. (2002). Shakespeare's scribe. New York: Puffin Books. ISBN 0-14-230066-7. OCLC 49231199.
  16. Blackwood, Gary L. (2004). The year of the hangman. New York: Speak. ISBN 0-14-240078-5. OCLC 54471321.
  17. Blackwood, Gary L. (2003). Shakespeare's spy (1st ed ed.). New York: Dutton Children's Books. ISBN 0-525-47145-6. OCLC 53255387.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  18. Blackwood, Gary L. (2005). Second sight (1st ed ed.). New York: Dutton Children's Books. ISBN 0-525-47481-1. OCLC 58919676.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  19. Blackwood, Gary L. (2008). The Great Race : the amazing round-the-world auto race of 1908. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers. ISBN 0-8109-9489-5. OCLC 138341444.
  20. Blackwood, Gary L. (2009). Mysterious messages : a history of codes and ciphers. Henry, Jason (Illustrator), (1st ed ed.). New York, N.Y.: Dutton Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-525-47960-4. OCLC 272665437.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  21. Blackwood, Gary L. (2010). Around the world in 100 days (1st ed ed.). New York: Dutton Children's Books. ISBN 978-0-525-42295-2. OCLC 522384017.CS1 maint: extra text (link)
  22. Blackwood, Gary. (2012). The imposter. Carver, Peter, 1936-. Markham, ON: Red Deer Press. ISBN 978-0-88995-478-6. OCLC 760975948.
  23. Blackwood, Gary L. Curiosity. New York, New York. ISBN 978-0-8037-3924-6. OCLC 841212313.
  24. Blackwood, Gary L.,. Bucket's list (First world edition ed.). England. ISBN 978-0-7278-8738-2. OCLC 1005669741.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text (link)
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