It wasn’t uncommon for a 10-year-old David Lubar to be tossed out of his Morristown elementary school class for talking incesantly, according to the author who spoke to 50 of his most loyal Highland Park fans, many of them boys.
“That’s what started me off reading,” Lubar admitted. “Where do you send the noisiest kid, to the quietest place, the school library.”
It was also the place where his mother worked as a school librarian. “She always handed me books so I would stop talking.”
David Lubar has published 20 books including Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, The Weenie Series, Dunk, The Talents, and Hidden Talent.
“His creativity and humor inspire even the most reluctant readers to pick up his books,” Fran Lee, children’s librarian at the Highland Park Public Library, said. “David Lubar is able to write with a child’s perspective on life. He gets write down to their level and it works to make them readers.”
Lubar reported that as a child he wanted to be a comedy writer because he loved the popular 1960’s Dick Van Dyke Show that focused on a group of writers who worked on a popular network variety show. His first year as a writer, after graduating with a Philosophy Degree from Rutgers university, he made only $8. His second year, he made ten times as much pulling in $80.
To supplement the beginning of his writing career Lubar worked as a writer for computer companies and graduated to creating such video game favorites as Froggy and Home Alone.
Some of the books that have inspired him are A Bridge To Terabithia, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Enders Game, and Matilda.
“The secret to writing,” he told his young readers, “is revising, because it makes everything better.”
The Place he gets his best ideas for books, “in the Shower.”