David Teague

Middle Grade Novel and Picture Book Author

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About David

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David Teague is the author of the picture books Franklin’s Big Dreams and The Red Hat. Two of his novels, Saving Lucas Biggs and Connect the Stars, are joint ventures with his wife, Marisa de los Santos. His first solo effort, Henry Cicada’s Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade, will appear in January 2016.

David lives in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife, Marisa, his children, Charles and Annabel, and their two dogs, Huxley and Finn. David teaches literature at the University of Delaware. Other people may dream of seeing their names on the back of a football jersey or on a billboard advertising plastic surgery. But David always dreamed of seeing his name on the spine of a book.

  • Our Family

    Marisa, Charles, Annabel, and me.

  • Our Household

    Two authors, two teens and two furry family members.

  • Our Dogs

    Huxley and Finny


april 2015

Thirteen-year-old Margaret knows her father is innocent, but that doesn't stop the cruel Judge Biggs from sentencing him to death. Margaret is determined to save her dad...
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September 2015

When thirteen-year-olds Aaron and Audrey meet at a wilderness camp in the desert, they think their quirks are enough to prevent them from ever having friends...
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December 2015

Billy Hightower spends his whole life alone in a skyscraper high above a big city. Then one day, a skyscraper is built next door and a girl moves in. Could she be a friend?...
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january 2016

It's no surprise when the doghouse in Henry Cicada's backyard starts glowing. But Henry is surprised when the doghouse transports him into the imagination of a twelve-year-old girl named Lulu...
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This book is hard to put down! Vivid and memorable, SAVING LUCAS BIGGS casts a captivating spell that will keep you turning pages. A heartfelt yarn of family, friendship, and homespun time–travel magic.”


Connect the Stars...A riveting time–travel adventure. Strong storytelling, suspense, lyrical writing, high drama, weighty matters made accessible and a bit of humor add up to a terrific and heartwarming read.”

Kirkus Reviews

The Red hat: “This dynamic, gorgeously rendered glimpse into the fledgling bond between two people demonstrates the power of persistence.

starred review, School Library Journal

“Filled with southern humor and a quirky characters, Henry Cicada's Extraordinary Elktonium Escapade is sure to delight ages 9 and up.”

Gerard Villegas, Goodreads

Frequently Asked Questions

How did I get started?

One night, when Charles was three, I began telling him the story of Lulu McDougal, the Giant Tire Giant of Raisin, Texas, whose imagination was rather small, for reasons beyond her control.  That bedtime story grew into the first novel I ever wrote, Henry Cicada’s Extraordinary Elktonium Adventure (although it wasn’t the first novel I ever published).

Where do I write?

I write at the kitchen table and in the sunroom and on the couch and at the coffee shop. First, I stare into space and dream about things, and then I jot an outline in my notebook, after which I write my chapters in the notebook. Then I type everything into my laptop. And fiddle with it for weeks and months and years.

Do I have any pets?

Yes!  Finny and Huxley, Yorkshire Terriers who are brothers. Finn and Hux are very large, tiny dogs, which might seem like an oxymoron, but not to anyone who’s ever met them.

What was one of my favorite books?

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper. It’s about Will Stanton, who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is an Old One, destined to play a crucial part in the struggle between Light and Dark. I read it when I was eleven, and was fascinated to think that a kid my age could be so important in the overall scheme of things!

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