Award-winning Author of Over 40 Books for Young Readers & Adults
Welcome to Rodman Philbrick’s World of Adventure!
Welcome to the world of adventure in Rodman Philbrick’s books. Whether you are a young reader or an adult, there is sure to be a story that draws you in, challenges your thinking, and peaks your imagination.
Rodman Philbrick wrote his first novel when he was sixteen. His themes often present adventurous stories of individuals facing difficult challenges that must be overcome.
His first novels were for adults–thrillers, mysteries, detective stories, medical thrillers. It wasn’t until later that he wrote his first book for young readers, Freak the Mighty, that eventually led to the movie, The Mighty. Rod continues to write for young readers, and many of his books are used in classrooms around the country. His stories and engaging characters help spur discussions that relate to challenges in student lives, and help foster a love for reading.
With more than 40 published books to his credit, plus numerous short stories written as early as sixth grade, Rodman always loved to read and write. It started when he and his young brothers would act out stories they read in books.
His acclaim as a writer is exceptional and his awards and honors are numerous. Most notably, his detective stories for adults have been recognized by the prestigious Shamus Award for being among the best detective stories published. His books for young people have received countless honors, including the much sought after Newbery Honor. For a full list click on the Awards page.
Prompted by his publisher, in addition to publishing under his own name, he has also published under the pen names of William Dantz, W. R. Philbrick, and Chris Jordan.
Whether you are new to his books or already a fan, spend some time exploring a book you haven’t yet read. Sit back then and let the adventure begin!
“The Mighty” Movie & Book
“The Mighty” Movie Trailer
Two Interviews with Rod
Wildfire is a Scholastic Book Fairs and Book Clubs featured title, published in 2019, that weaves a thrilling survival story about 12-year-old Sam forced to face a raging wildfire that threatens his life. Can he survive? Find out for yourself. Amazon B&N
Stay Alive is a novel about the Donner Party that will be a Book Club featured title in the Spring of 2022.
Research has begun for another exciting novel—this time about a flying circus. Stay tuned!
Classroom Guides for Teachers
Use Rodman Philbrick books as teaching guides in your classrooms. Click here for detailed descriptions of class activities and discussions that will enhance your students’ learning.