Alyson Gerber wore a back brace for scoliosis from the age of eleven to thirteen, an experience that led directly to her debut novel Braced from Scholastic.
Braced received three starred reviews, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been nominated for state book awards in Oklahoma, Indiana, and New Hampshire. Braced was also included on Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth 2017 (Sports), Booklinks’ Lasting Connections 2017 (Language Arts), and the Children’s Book Review’s Best New Books for Preteens and Tweens 2017.
Alyson’s new middle grade novel Focused, about a girl caught between her love of chess and her ADHD, will be in stores on March 26, 2019. Focused has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association’s Booklist and is a Junior Library Library Guild Selection.
Alyson is a graduate of The New School’s MFA in Writing for Children and lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.