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Tony Abbott


Tony Abbott

The author of three best-selling series for young readers, Tony Abbott, didn’t actually turn to writing full-time until 1994. He has always been involved with the world of writing, however, from his time at the University of Connecticut — where he graduated with a degree in English Literature — to his work with a variety of specialty bookstores, a university library, and an Internet book and magazine publisher. He shares a love of fantasy and adventure with his readers, with whom he maintains contact through his many school visits; Abbott has also taught writing workshops for all elementary grades.

Though he first came to attention with his Danger Guys series, begun in 1994, Tony Abbott has continued to gain recognition for the cult favorite popular fantasy series, The Secrets of Droon, an ongoing series that the American Booksellers Association count in their "Top Ten List of Books to Read while Waiting for the Next Harry Potter." Abbott’s books have been translated into French, Korean, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish, and more than eight million copies have been sold worldwide. He has written more than seventy-five novels for readers ages 6-10, including The Haunting of Derek Stone series, the Time Surfers series, Kringle, The Postcard, winner of the 2009 Edgar Award for the Best Juvenile Mystery novel, and Firegirl, winner of the Gold Kite Award for Fiction.

An avid tennis player, Abbott is a fan of the films of Preston Sturges and the Marx Brothers. He enjoys the writings of P. G. Wodehouse, James Thurber, S. J. Perelman, and Raymond Chandler. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but now lives in Connecticut. Abbott is married and has two daughters.

Tony Abbott

Books by Tony Abbott

by Tony Abbott - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Mental Health, Social Issues, Youth Fiction

Life hasn't been great for Jeff Hicks. After years at his beloved St. Catherine's, he's forced to spend eighth grade in the public middle school, which he hates. He's no longer speaking to his former best friend, Tom Bender, because of "that burned girl" Jessica Feeney. But worst of all, his family is changing, and it's not for the better. When his mom comes home announcing that she's lost her job, Jeff begins to worry about things far beyond his years: How will they pay the rent? Will his absentee dad step up and save the day? Is his mom drinking too much? And ultimately, where will they live?

by Tony Abbott - Children's, Children's 10+, Family, Family Life, Fiction, Horror, Loss

Denis Egan is dead. He’s okay with that. It’s been five years since he died, and the place where souls go is actually pretty nice. However, something is standing in his way. His twin brother Matt can’t let go of him, and as long as the living are holding on to his memory, Denis can’t rest in peace. To uncover the truth about what happened, Denis teams up with Matt. But visiting for too long has painful consequences for Denis, and Matt’s renewed interest in his brother’s passing is driving a wedge between his parents. Can the boys solve Denis’s death without breaking apart the family he’s left behind? 

by Tony Abbott - Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fantasy

It's been two months since the Kaplan family hunted down the Serpens relic, but when the evil Galina Krause suddenly and violently reappears, Wade, Darrell, Lily and Becca have no choice but to face her again. Now they must race to find an artifact said to be crafted by Leonardo da Vinci himself --- perhaps the strangest Guardian of all. Along the way, they uncover another layer to Galina's sinister endgame...and there might not be enough time to stop it.

by Tony Abbott - Children's, Fantasy

As Becca and her family race through London, it's up to Becca to make sense of the strange time blackouts she's experiencing before the evil Teutonic Order beats them to the next relic. Or worse, hurts the people she loves.

by Tony Abbott - Adventure, Mystery

The hunt for Copernicus's first relic sent Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca to the far reaches of the world and put them in serious danger. But they never imagined Sara Kaplan—Darrell and Wade's mother—would be kidnapped by the conniving Galina Krause. Now they must race the evil Teutonic Order to find the Serpens relic and rescue Sara before it's too late.

by Tony Abbott - Children's, Fiction

Wade, Lily, Darrell, and Becca fly from Texas to Germany for the funeral of an old family friend. But instead of just paying their respects, they wind up on a dangerous, thrilling, mind-blowing quest --- packed with puzzles, intrigue, and action --- to unlock an ancient, guarded secret that could destroy the fate of the world.

by Tony Abbott - Fiction, Juvenile Fiction, Mythology

Loki is waging war, and Pinewood Bluffs is about to become his battlefield. Owen, Dana, Jon, and Sydney know they have to stop him. They'll do whatever it takes.

by Tony Abbott - Children's, Fiction

Owen, Jon and Sydney managed to rescue Dana from the underworld. But if they don't fulfill their end of the bargain with Hades, she might be headed back --- forever. As if that wasn't bad enough, some very creepy, very one-eyed mythological beasts are on the loose, ready to destroy the town. What chance do four kids stand against an army of mythological monsters?

by Tony Abbott - Children's, Fiction

Owen Brown's best friend, Dana, disappeared right in front of his face, turning his average life upside down. He's determined to find her --- before anyone realizes she's missing. Owen sets out on a mysterious, mythological rescue mission with his friends Jon and Sydney. But what none of them know is that Dana's disappearance is part of a much larger riddle.

by Tony Abbott - Historical Fiction

Lunch-Box Dream presents Jim Crow, racism, and segregation from multiple perspectives.  In this story of witnessing without understanding, a naïvely prejudiced boy, in brief flashes of insight, starts to identify and question his assumptions about race.

by Tony Abbott

From the moment Jessica arrives, life is never quite the same for Tom and his seventh-grade classmates. Jessica was badly burned in a fire, and will be attending St. Catherine's while getting medical treatments. Despite Jessica's shocking appearance and the fear she evokes in him and most of the class, Tom slowly develops a tentative friendship with Jessica that changes his life in just a short amount of time. FIREGIRL is a powerful book that will show readers that even the smallest of gestures can have a profound impact on someone's life.