Fakie and Outrage were chosen for ALA's 2009 Quick Picks for Reluctant
Young Adult Readers. Fakie named "Honor Book" in Nebraska's 2011
Golden Sower Award and nominated for both New Jersey's 2011 Garden
State Teen Book Awards and the Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award.
10.5.2012 Just signed on to present at the 2013 Festival of Words in
Middletown, Delaware on March 9. The keynote speaker is Walter Dean
Myers! I'm stoked. He was one of my biggest inspirations for writing guy
books, so I'm looking forward to meeting him. I'll post more details when
we get closer.
8.27.2012 Hi there. Sorry for the recent lack of updates. I'm finishing one
large project. furrowing through the middle of two others, and beginning
another. So, I've been busy. I do take brief moments to update the tumblr,
facebook, and wordpress, though, if you want to catch me there. I will
probably do something to merge some of the sites in the near future after I
clean up a project or two.
In other news, Fakie is wallowing in reprint limbo again. There are new
copies available at Barnes and Noble as of today. And I have a few on
hand as well. If you are interested, just shoot me an email. Otherwise, I'll
let you know when the next printing is on the way.
5.25.2012 Wednesday May 30, I'm speaking at the Magnolia Fire Hall in
Delaware to kick off Postlethwait Middle School's summer reading
program. Click here for details.
3.2.2012 Tomorrow 9-12 I'll be at Dunbar Elementary School in Laurel, DE
for their Young Author's Conference. I'm presenting for middle and high
schoolers, but there are programs for all ages.
12.3.2011 A teacher from Seaford Middle School in Delaware asked me to
read a chapter from Outrage. So here's the video.
11.21.2011 While my two new novels in progress are still stuck in Revision
Swamp, it's nice to know my characters are fending for themselves.
Connor from Outrage gets a girlfriend in Sizzle, a new HIP book by Joan
Contrada (see her Amazon page here) scheduled to be released in fall
2012. Sizzle is part of the Edge series (like Outrage and One Last Scar)
which is written by several authors with intertwining story lines. I can't
wait to read it.
7.29.2011 An important part of writing is dropping back and reexamining a
current work. This involves rattling around the ideas and trying to make
them better. Rattling around ideas means spending amazingly little time
actually writing. Instead, I've been preparing lessons for an AP course in
the fall, reading, taking classes, and writing a few articles for the
International Reading Association's online magazine, Engage. If you are a
teacher and are not yet a member of IRA, I encourage you to join. There is
a membership fee, but that fee gets you a lot of new ideas to revitalize your
job. And I'm all about making teaching fun. With a just a few weeks left in
summer, it's time to end the reflection and finish one of these books!
Copyright Tony Varrato 2012