University of Connecticut

Events Calendar

The Blank Page Speaker Series: Creating Worlds For Young Readers: An Odyssey In 4 Novels

Thursday, November 4, 2021
2:00pm – 3:00pm


Tony Abbott - Creating Worlds for Young Readers: An Odyssey in 4 Novels

For the three decades, Tony Abbott has written over ninety-five for young readers aged 6 to 15, including Kringle, Underworlds, The Copernicus Legacy, and the long-running fantasy series, The Secrets of Droon. Tony Abbott is an alumnus of the University of Connecticut, where he first majored in music, then psychology, and finally English literature. In 2007, Abbot’s novel Firegirl won the Golden Kite Award for Fiction presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It is the only peer award given by children's writers to children's writers. In the spring of 2009, Abbot’s novel The Postcard was honored with the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery in the juvenile category. He is also author of the civil-rights drama, Lunch-Box Dream. His latest novels are The Summer of Owen Todd (2017), Denis Ever After (2018) also nominated for the Edgar Award, and The Great Jeff (2019). His latest book is the YA novel-in-verse, Junk Boy (2020). Tony has taught on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA in Creative Writing, and is currently writing fiction and poetry for adults. 

Tony's website:

Registration Required.


Libraries (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, English Department, School of Fine Arts, UConn Master Calendar

Control Panel