Gary Ghislain

AMA Rank 25

Writer of Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels and Series


Writer of Young Adult and Middle Grade Novels and Series

Born in Paris to an international family (one part French, two parts Spanish, one part Strange), Gary Ghislain grew up between Paris and the French Riviera. He is the author of The Goolz Next Door series (Boyds Mills Press) and The Goolz Expanded Universe. He is also the author of How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend (Chronicle Books 2011). He now lives in Antibes on the French Riviera, with his two daughters, Ilo and Sisko, enjoying the sun and the sea while working on his next novels.

The Goolz Next Door series (Boyds Mills Press 2018)

How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend (Chronible Books 2011)

Bite This! series (F2G Novels, 2013)

The Love Game (F2G Novels, 2015)

Review for The Goolz Next Door, A Bad Night for Bullies

“(A) fast-paced supernatural jaunt…Younger middle grade readers looking for something spooky without too much gore will snatch this up.” –School Library Journal

“An easy, quick read for horror fans who want to be scared but not terrified.” Kirkus Reviews

“Ghislain's creative imagination allows (the) first-person account of the paranormal activities to shine, as unpredictable neighbors enrich the plot…As this first book ends, readers know the trio is set for another gross, spine-tingling adventure.” -Booklist

Review for How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend 

* Selected on the 2012 Tayshas reading list

* Nominated by the American Library Association for the 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adult

* Nominated by Teen Vogue as the 25 must-read novels of 2011.

“I highly recommend that you get your hands (or Pudin) on this book and enjoy the ride!” The Weekly Teen

“This book should be in the hands of every teen male reader” – Shelf Awareness

“This improbably entertaining adventure feels like a Daniel Pinkwater treatment for an early John Cusack film” – Publishers Weekly

“With the end always in sight, readers know from the get-go that this cosmic romance will be one wild ride.” – Kirkus Reviews

“With a decidedly European sensibility, this French import takes readers on a madcap, quirky adventure…” – School Library Journal

“Ghislain’s novel is entertaining and exciting; fast-paced chases and slower, more thoughtful scenes round out the book well.” – VOYA

“A hilarious romp that I didn’t want to end” – YA Books Central Blog

“Gary Ghislain has written a fantastic debut which is fast, extremely amusing, and action-packed that’ll keep you on your toes! This book will truly bring out the strange alien in you.” – Confessions of a Bookaholic Blog

"Junior-high boys will pass this book around in the same way their great-grandfathers shared the infamous National Geographic photos of the 1950s; the same sense of bawdy innocence is on display here." Booklist

“Expectantly weird and hilarious, but also unexpectedly touching.” Frenetic Reader

“This is an absolute scream of a book.” Read Plus


Writer of YA and Middle Grade Novels and Series
  • The Goolz Next Door - Boyds Mill Press 2018

  • The Love Game - F2G Novels 2015

  • Twilight of the True Blood Vampire Dairies - F2G Novels 2013

  • How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend - Chronicle Books 2011

  • Master Degree in Linguistics & Literature @ University of Paris 8 France