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Thank you for your interest in American children’s author Tony Abbott. This is Tony’s official website. Tony has written just about 100 books for young readers, including Danger Guys, The Secrets of Droon, Firegirl, Kringle, Postcard, Lunch-Box Dream, Underworlds, Goofballs, and many more. His newest series is The Copernicus Legacy.

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September 11, 2014

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September 2, 2014

SEPTEMBER IS COPERNICUS MONTH!

Tuesday September 9 will see the publication of not one but two Copernicus books.

The first one is the paperback of COPERNICUS LEGACY #1: THE FORBIDDEN STONE, the first book in the series. The second is THE COPERNICUS ARCHIVES #1: WADE AND THE SCORPION’S CLAW, a paperback novella that carries the story from the first book to LEGACY #2: THE SERPENT’S CURSE.

For me, and I hope for the reader, what’s really fun about WADE AND THE SCORPION’S CLAW is that it tells the story of the hunt for the twelve relics from Wade Kaplan’s perspective. We get to go deeper into Wade as a person, as a character, and as a part of a fairly normal family that has been tasked with finding the relics before the pretty evil bad guys of the Teutonic Order get their hands on them.

What I love about the big novel, little novella order of the Copernicus books is how we go from huge story to intimate character studies. They combine to give the reader not only what I think is a thrilling adventure, but a family of characters who are as real as you and me. And that makes the writing exciting and thrilling for me every time I sit down at my desk.

But that’s not all for September!

On Saturday September 13, my publisher and I will be hosting the first-ever COPERNICUS LEGACY RELIC HUNT! Four lucky readers will be traveling to New York City to participate in a book-themed scavenger hunt at the awesome AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY! I’ll be hosting part of the event and go along the hunt with the sweepstakes winners, as we search the museum for clues and codes and puzzles. I am so stoked to do this thing! Then, the kids and their parents and I will have a cool lunch afterwards.

Following that, at 2:30 there will be a BOOK SIGNING of the new books at the Upper-West-Side BARNES and NOBLE bookstore. Everyone everywhere is invited to come and be a part of the COPERNICUS festivities!

Finally, rounding out the month, on Saturday September 27 is the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival (http://www.ccbfestival.org/), where I’ll be signing with dozens of authors and illustrators. It’s a fabulous event for readers and book lovers in the whole tri-state region. Stop by and say hello!

 

People have been asking me:

AFTER A HUNDRED BOOKS, DOES THE WRITING GET ANY EASIER?

On September 1st, I delivered the first draft of THE GOLDEN VENDETTA, the third installment of THE COPERNICUS LEGACY. It’s about 70,000 words, and will likely end up a bit longer when the book is published. I still find it hard to believe that it’s my one-hundred-and-first book.

At a joint reading and signing at McNally’s in New York City a couple of months ago, a guest in the audience asked a question about the outrageous number of books I’ve written over the last two decades. I said that, after finishing all those stories, it doesn’t get any easier to write them. There was an audible groan from one of the authors on the panel. “Seriously? It doesn’t?” The book he was signing that day may have been his first. We all laughed, but the truth is that for me it never has gotten easier.

Naturally, you learn things over the course of writing a lot of books. Technical things, helpful things, but ultimately pretty minor things.

You get a feeling about what a good plot looks like, though you don’t arrive at a good plot any sooner or with any less anguish. You still try out dozens of avenues before you stumble on the right one.

You know when you’ve made a mistake a shade quicker with your one-hundreth book than you might have with your third.

I’ve always felt that if you’re doing your job right, you shouldn’t be able to fall back on something that worked before, no matter how much easier it might make the task at hand. You start with a blank sheet of paper and you scratch up a new story from the inside of your head.

In short, you reinvent the wheel. You do it every time you sit down at your desk. You kind of have to, because each new story is just that, a new story. But it goes deeper than that. I think part of me forgets how to write from one book to the next. I look over my shoulder at the upper shelves of my bookcase at all the books I’ve written, and they seem like someone else’s.

Then I groan, too. But to haul up a new story with fresh tools each time . . . that’s what makes finishing a manuscript so rewarding.

 

Coming up:

OCTOBER IS COPERNICUS MONTH, TOO!

On Tuesday October 7 THE COPERNICUS LEGACY #2: THE SERPENT’S CURSE will appear, and my FALL NATIONAL TOUR will kickoff with a visit to R. J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Ct, as the first stop. That’s at 4pm.

Here’s what Kirkus, in a Starred Review, said of THE SERPENT’S CURSE: “Absorbing puzzles, beautiful settings and dangerous villains keep the pages turning, but what sets this adventure apart are the complex characters, who continue to grow.”

My two-week tour will take me from Connecticut to Rhode Island, Texas, New York, Georgia, and California, with lots of  stops in between. Stay tuned here for dates and times of all of those events!

 

June 8, 2014

ON THE ROAD WITH INDIE BOOKSELLERS!

From June 2 through 6, my wife Dolores and I traveled 778 miles, visiting ten independent bookstores, four elementary and middle schools, and two public libraries in Eastern and Western Massachusetts—a whirlwind book tour that opened my eyes and gladdened my heart. I don’t know how many books were sold, or will be sold, but what I do know is that in the face of a mounting assault on books and bookstores by popular culture and big business, a legion of smart and committed book people are out there fighting the good fight, striving to keep people reading… (READ MORE)

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Tony Abbott’s newest series is The Copernicus Legacy, published by HarperCollins Children’s Katherine Tegen Books. The Forbidden Stone is the first book in the new series, and it is available now in book stores everywhere. It’s a fast-paced middle-grade thriller in which smart young characters travel the globe on a mission to solve a mystery using their personal talents and teamwork.

The Copernicus Legacy has everything middle-grade readers love: an international adventure, a compelling friendship story, and a mission that draws on history and astronomy. Readers who loved Percy Jackson will be eager to follow our heroes on this six-book, six-novella journey and excited to enter a sweepstakes to participate in a real-life scavenger hunt hosted by Tony Abbott that lets the reader become part of the story.

Click on the logo (above) to visit the series website (www.thecopernicuslegacy.com). There you’ll find a free educater’s guide, a free star map poster, games, videos of Tony talking about the series, and information about entering a sweekstakes to win a trip to New York City and take part in a real-life relic hunt.

The Copernicus Legacy is a six-volume adventure series. A companion series, The Copernicus Archives, provides personal insight from six of the characters’ points of view. These six shorter novellas are being published in paperback between the longer hardcover novels. The first will be issued in September 2014, and it is from character Wade Kaplan’s point of view; it’s called, Wade and the Scorpion’s Claw. The next big book, The Serpent’s Curse, will be published in October.

What people are saying about The Copernicus Legacy book #1: The Forbidden Stone:

“I had to keep reminding myself THE COPERNICUS LEGACY was intended for a young audience. Full of mystery and intrigue, this book had me completely transfixed.” Ridley Pearson, author of The Kingdom Keeper series

“A sprawling and fast-paced adventure in the great tradition of Robert Ludlum, Ian Flemming, and other masters whose tales loom larger than life. Readers are in for a real treat.” —David Lubar, author of FlipWizards of the Game and Hidden Talents

“The Copernicus Legacy takes you on a fantastical journey that is as eye-opening as it is page-turning. With mysteries hiding behind secrets coded in riddle, this book is like a Dan Brown thriller for young readers.” —Angie Sage, author of the Septimus Heap series

The Copernicus Legacy has it all: A secret code, priceless relics, murderous knights, a five hundred year old mystery, and a story full of friendship, family, humor, and intelligence. A masterful storyteller, Tony Abbot better be writing quickly because I can’t wait for Book 2!”   — Wendy MassNew York Times Bestselling Author

“Tony Abbott is such an amazing storyteller, Copernicus should’ve named a star after him. With codes to crack, clues to unravel, and bad guys to outrun, this is one thrilling, smart, and fun read! I can’t wait for the next chapter in this stellar new series.”— Chris GrabensteinNew York Times Bestselling Author

Click on the “Books” page in the menu above, to read more about this exciting upcoming series!

 

WE <3 INDIE BOOKSELLERS!

We hold independent bookstores and booksellers in high esteem and enjoyed meeting many of them at trade shows this autumn in New Orleans and Chicago. Here’s a link to help you find an independent bookstore near you: FIND AN INDIE BOOKSTORE! 

Check out this cool video: IT’S A BOOK!

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