IS YOUR FAVORITE WRITER AN UNDERCOVER GHOSTWRITER?
If you grew up in the late 1980’s or early 1990’s, you are almost certainly familiar with the insanely popular teen book series The Baby-Sitters Club. But, did you know that the books in that series were not all written by Ann M. Martin (who is credited as the author on all of the books)?
It turns out that many of The Baby-Sitters Club books
were actually written by Peter Lerangis. Lerangis, who is known for his young
adult novels such as The 39 Clues series as well as the critically
acclaimed historical fiction, Smiler’s Bones, also did some ghostwriting
for another popular 80’s teen series: Sweet Valley High.
It may seem strange that a well accomplished author would
ghostwrite books under someone else’s name, but Peter Lerangis is definitely
not the only one to have done so.
In fact, this great article from Mental
Floss reveals 6 well-known authors who have ghostwritten books for other
From Harry Houdini’s famous ghostwriter, to books secretly
written by Raymond Benson (best known for his 12 James Bond novels), you
are sure to find some surprises among this list.
You may also find yourself wondering how you never suspected
that the adventures of your favorite teen girls were actually written by grown