FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Fairfield resident Paul Ferrante has made a career out of encouraging kids to read as an English teacher at Westport’s Coleytown Middle School. Now Ferrante hopes to reach kids far outside his own classroom, as the author of a new young adult novel.
Earlier this year Ferrante published “Last Ghost at Gettysburg: A T.J. Jackson Mystery,” the first in what he hopes will be a series of novels for preteens. The book is now available at Amazon in print and as an e-book.
“Last Ghost at Gettysburg” tells the story of T.J. Jackson, a high school freshman who heads to Gettysburg to spend a summer with family. With his cousin LouAnne and his friend Bortnicker, he discovers rumors of the ghost of a Confederate soldier and helps local police solve a murder mystery.
Ferrante made his first attempt at long-form writing while in high school in Pelham, N.Y. His first novel was about the exploits of his high school football team.
“Boy, was it horrible,” Ferrante says on his website. “But it was a start.”
He continues his sports-themed writing today, penning occasionally features for Sports Collector’s Digest. He also has plans to write a baseball-themed novel along with the other T.J. Jackson mysteries.
At Coleytown, Ferrante also encourages his students to foster their own writing talents. Many of his students have won writing competitions after entering their work at Ferrante’s suggestion.
“There is nothing more exciting than the look of pride on my kids' faces when they learn they have won a prestigious contest in the areas of fiction or poetry,” Ferrante says.
Ferrante will be at the Fairfield Public Library to talk about his work on July 23 starting at 4 p.m. The event will take place in the Memorial Room of the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Attendees must register in advance at the library’s website.
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