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Chuck Abdella is a History teacher at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA. With degrees in History from Boston College and Columbia University, Chuck has spent many long hours in the embrace of ancient and medieval civilizations. During July, he also directs an academic enrichment camp called College Academy, where he usually saves the world at least once per summer by spearheading an adventure during the camp’s popular Time Machine Day. Studying all that history, telling stories as a teacher, and seasonal world-saving have all helped inspire his writing. He has written poetry and prose for at least 25 years and has been published by the St. John’s Icon, the Boston College Stylus, Worcester Magazine, and the Boston Globe.
His first novel, The Outcasts: Book I, the Lies of Autumn was published in June of 2015 and has enjoyed enthusiastic reviews. The sequel, The Darkest Forests was released in August 2016 to equally positive reviews.
Diane V. Mulligan
on June 24, 2015 :
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of THE OUTCASTS, and once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down.
Set in a strange world where humans, elves, wizards, and morphs (creatures who can change form to be either animal or human in appearance) live in neighboring realms with tenuous alliances and frequent fighting between species, a band of heroes emerges when outcasts from difference species realize they must unite or perish.
There are many great things at work in this story. The characters and complex and while they are united as outcasts, each has his or her own conflict as well. The plot is full of surprises, and the author does a great job of balancing action with introducing the reader to the world of the story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)