Nebraska Authors

Gail Rock

Film critic, youth novelist, and screen play author grew up in Valley, Nebraska and graduated from UNL in 1961.
The House Without A Christmas Tree and The Thanksgiving Treasure were first introduced as CBS-TV Specials.
In 2014 the Houston Texas Grand Opera company produced an opera based on The House Without A Christmas Tree.

See: Gail Rock discusses her writing career, 1998, a Heritage Room Video (library program). In HR.

Places Lived

Valley, NE (Childhood)
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Children's stories; screenplays; Magazine Journalism; Freelance Writing


BA in Fine Arts, 1961, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Free lance writer
film and TV critic
Script writer for television and film

Places Worked

Women's Wear Daily
MS Magazine


Nebraska 150 Books honor for The House Without a Christmas Tree, 2017
The House Without a Christmas Tree won a Christopher Award in 1973


Student of Wilbur Gaffney at UN-L


The house without a Christmas tree. 1974, 1976. In HR
The Thanksgiving Treasure. 1974. In HR
A dream for Addie. 1975. In HR
Addie and the King of Hearts. 1976. In HR

The house without a Christmas tree. Movie for television. 1973, 2007. In HR

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