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Surf mules
Neri, Greg.
Teen Fiction NERI

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Greg Neri is a storyteller, filmmaker, artist, and digital media producer. When Greg was in college he made an animated film with jazz legend Chick Corea called A Picasso on the Beach which became a student Academy Award finalist and aired on HBO and Bravo. Neri wrote, produced, and directed his first independent feature film called A Weekend with Barbara und Ingrid in 1994. He also taught animation and storytelling to inner city teens in Los Angeles with the group Animactio. They produced over 300 films dealing with issues like teen violence, gangs, and drugs. Greg also co-directed the documentary Fa'a Samoa which followed a 15-year-old Samoan gangbanger through the mean streets of Los Angeles. In 1999, Neri began writing and illustrating for kids and in 2004 started writing for teens. His young adult novels, Chess Rumble (2007 Lee & Low), Surf Mules (2009 Penguin Group), and Yummy (2010 Lee & Low) have garnered numerous awards and honors including American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, International Reading Association Young Adults Choice, American Library Association Notable Book, Society of School Librarians International Best Book in the Language Arts, Coretta Scott King Author Honor, and YALSA Top 10 Quick Picks. Neri currently lives off the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter. (Bowker Author Biography)

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