Nebraska Authors

Gail Rock

Film critic, youth novelist, and screen play author, Gail Rock 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.

Places Lived

Valley, NE
New York, NY

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Play/Screenplay


Children's Stories; Screenplays; Magazine Journalism; Freelance Writing; Nebraska settings - Fiction


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree, 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 the University of Nebraska


The House Without a Christmas Tree. 1974, 1976.
The Thanksgiving Treasure. 1974.
A Dream for Addie. 1975.
Addie and the King of Hearts. 1976.

The House Without a Christmas Tree. (Movie for television) 1973, 2007.

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