Magaziner, Lauren

Lauren Magaziner is the author of the Case Closed series, WizardmatchPilfer Academy, and The Only Thing Worse Than Witches. She is originally from New Hope, Pennsylvania, and she currently lives in Philadelphia, where she writes full-time. Lauren is also a secret undercover international detective—but don’t blow her cover. You can visit Lauren at

The Case Closed series has sold in five countries: Italy, Spain, Greece, the UK, and at auction in France. It received great reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal, and it was featured in a Publishers Weekly story about Choose-Your-Fate fiction.

Wizardmatch (March 2018) is a Junior Library Guild Selection. It has received glowing trade reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, SLJ, and School Library Connection.

Pilfer Academy (February 2016) has been optioned for a TV movie by Nickelodeon. The book has received excellent trade reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Connection, and Publishers Weekly.

The Only Thing Worse Than Witches (August 2014) was chosen by booksellers for the Indie Next List and received rave reviews, including acclaim from the Chicago Tribune and a star from Kirkus Reviews.

3 Fun Facts

1. I started writing novels at 13… but it took 11 years of practice before one got published!
2. I use a giant whiteboard to draft each book in the pick-your-path Case Closed series. I write each plotline in a different color. My whiteboard holds many secrets: including where the dead ends are and who the culprit is!
3. When I lived in Scotland, I dunked my face in a fairy river of eternal youth. Legend says that if you leave your face in for exactly seven seconds, you will never age.