About Chris Raabe

Courtesy of Tonya Ratliff Photography

Hello readers,

My name is Chris Raabe, the author of THE PHENOMENON TRILOGY. Book One, THE NEW PHENOMENON was released October 2011. Book two, ON THE RUN will be released January 15, 2013. You can look for book three, END GAME to be released in the summer of 2013.  I have had a number of poems and essays published by Fine Lines, a non-profit writing publication, which I also help edit when I have the time.

Not only am I an author, but I also teach middle school in Omaha, Nebraska.  Along with teaching, I coach softball in the fall at a local high school and for a summer youth softball organization, so my year consists of a lot of days on the ball fields around the Omaha area.

I enjoy the outdoors with my family, and in the spring you might find me working in the garden with one of my daughters.  I can’t pass up the opportunity to do a little grilling in the backyard or drown a couple worms in a small lake, hoping to hook my next lunker.

I spent my youth in the Omaha area before moving to Red Oak, Iowa for high school.  That is probably why I selected Red Oak as the setting for my first book.  I enjoyed my time there before moving on to college at Peru State, where I played baseball and wrote for the Peru State Times newspaper.  My years in Red Oak with Mr. Button and Mr. Gilbert as my mentors helped shape me as a writer.  I enjoy putting pen to paper to scratch out an idea before tackling the keyboard to create the next poem, essay, or book.  As my Fine Lines leader, Dave Martin, would say, “Write On!”

  1. Melanie says:

    So glad to see this up and running. Can’t wait to see the actual book cover in a month or two.

  2. Wilma Pearson says:

    It sounds (& looks) good to me.

    Wow, he’s a busy man & evidently really good with kids!

  3. Vicki says:

    I can’t wait to read your book. Your website looks terrific. I’m definitely signing up for updates.

  4. Emma says:

    Dad, i think you are amazing as a dad and as a writer! Can’t wait to see your book published!

    LOVE, Emma

  5. Randa says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to buy my copy! And get it autographed of course!

  6. David says:

    Well, Coach, for a fisherman, this writing business of yours might be getting out of hand. How are you going to finish the third book of this trilogy, if you keep teaching players to swing for the fences and go looking for the big ones in the deepest part of the lake. I hope they keep their eyes on the sky and don’t let a tornado sneek up on them as they cross the dam. Is it true that everyone has a phenomenal part of them in their make up, somewhere? Write on, David

  7. Desirae says:

    Fishing, huh! Looks like Andersen Middle School is blessed with it’s own version of Hemmingway, although with a much better outlook on life!

    Can’t wait to get to read the book!

  8. Melissa says:

    Off to a great start – keep us posted on the progress.

  9. Christina says:

    Looking forward to reading your book and of course softball season! 🙂

  10. Christian Donohue says:

    Mr. Raabe!!!!!!

  11. Matt says:

    Mr.Raabe is my english teacher, hahahah eat it!

  12. Lisa Geist says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to read the book and tell people I know you.

  13. Sara Wolfe says:

    We ordered our copy tonight. Pat will be reading to his 6th Grade Class. Alex is excited to read it too and tell his friends about the book. Congrats!

  14. Schy says:

    Haha Mr.Raabe. Haven’t bought my copy yet, but i will for sure :). and according to the praise for it, i will soon be requesting a sequel as well. Good luck!

  15. this is going to be the best book ever chris glad the middle schoolers made u writ it and ps. and IM from red oak whasington intemediat

  16. Jan Burnison says:

    Mrs. Burnison and the Red Oak WIS 5th graders LOVED Mr. Raabe’s presentation yesterday and are certain The New Phenom3non will be a hit!! Way to go, Chris……very proud of you.

  17. Rod says:

    What an unbelievable read! I was hooked right away. I can’t wait for the follow-up. We will be using this book in book club for reluctant boy readers at our school.

  18. Heidi says:

    I just learned about the book today and am about to order it thinking my sons would like it when they get a little older. I was wrong. After reading the prologue and first chapter along with a couple of reviews, my 3rd and 5th graders are already hooked, but I get to read it first. Hope it ships quickly!

  19. Mindy Ulmer says:

    Congratulations Chris! I’m excited to get a copy and read it. From what I’ve seen, I think my 7th graders will love it.

  20. Lilian Nelson says:

    Hey Mr raabee,

    I used to be you 7th grade student but now im in 8th grade but anyways im so proud of all the writting tips you gave us and Now i really understand why you wanted to have us write all those times in english class… Because you wanted us to be as good as you! I havnt got a chance to read your book yet but believe e i will read it and i will love it just because it came from my favorite teacher and when im in highschool i promise i will come in b4 school and have you sign my book!!!!<3
    _-_- Lilian Nelson_-_-

  21. alexis says:

    why did you use the name alexis cause that is my name and everybody at school thinks it is funny that she is tall has dark hair and is tan like me and when we learnd about her i had a bright orange shirt on like tha alexis in the book

    • cdraabe says:

      The character, Alexis, is based on my middle daughter. Sort of how I picture her when she is in high school, years from now. Her appearance is the opposite of my white-haired, blue-eyed, daughter. I picked “Alexis” because I have always thought it was a beautiful name. Thanks for your interest.

  22. Brenda Kral says:


    Brian told Mom about your book and then Mom told me about your book. When ordering a book for my daughter on Amazon I remembered to add a copy to the order. Just started it last night and I am half way through. Maybe because I can envision a lot of the people/places you are describing. Looking forward to finishing this one and getting the next ones.

    Brenda Kral (Mondt)

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