David L. Dudley is the author of three historical fiction novels. His first novel, The Bicycle Man, was published by Clarion in 2005.  It won the 2006 New Author’s Award from the International Reading Association for a middle grades book. In February, 2006, David was St. John Flynn’s guest on Cover to Cover, Georgia Public Radio’s monthly program featuring Georgia authors. Read the full synopsis.

His second novel, Caleb’s Wars, was published in October, 2011. It is a powerful novel about growing up black on the World War II home front in the Jim Crow South. Read the full synopsis.

David's highly aniticipated third novel Cy In Chains was published December 2013. A black teen finds himself sold to a brutal chain gang in post-Reconstruction Georgia. Read the full synopsis.

David is available to make visits to schools. Please visit his Educator Resources page for more information.


"An elemental drama about the search for identity and... the answer to the question, When do you stand up?" BOOKLIST Booklist, ALA

"A poignant portrayal of African-American struggles in the segregated South. [Dudley's] characters remain sympathetic and realistically flawed." PW Publishers Weekly

"Complex characters and rich themes. There is much here to digest and a wealth of material for book discussions." SLJ School Library Journal

"[Dudley's] characters are vivid and appealing, and he strikes a reasonable balance of kindness and cruelty...Readers will...relate." -BCCB Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[An] honest picture of the racism and oppression of the day." -KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews