"A ripping good yarn for any reader. The action is swift and exciting, the characters are complex and engaging. A crowning delight is the descriptive language that evokes the sights, smells, and textures of such a physically rich landscape. The river itself becomes an immutable presence, offering both hazard and refuge, and thus serving as a near perfect setting for this coming of age tale."
— Award-winning author Tony Crunk, on Ted Dunagan's Trouble on the Tombigbee
Ted M. Dunagan is the author of A Yellow Watermelon, Secret of the Satilfa, Trouble on the Tombigbee, and The Salvation of Miss Lucretia, the first four young adult novels about the adventures of young friends Ted and Pouldlum (with more books on the way!). All four books are now available in print and ebook formats from your favorite bookstore.
In A Yellow Watermelon, twelve-year-old Ted Dillon meets Poudlum, a black boy his own age, as their families work in the cotton fields in south Alabama, 1948. Though their friendship is forbidden, the two go on to integrate the field. Together, they learn a secret about their town and go on to save Poudlum's family from corrupt businessmen. Available in hardcover, paperback, and ebook.
Author Ted Dunagan was named the Georgia Author of the Year in 2009 for A Yellow Watermelon.
Download a complimentary teachers' guide for A Yellow Watermelon.
A stage play based on A Yellow Watermelon premiered in March 2014 in Coffeeville, Alabama, with the Grove Hill Arts Council. “A Yellow Watermelon: A Play in Two Acts” is written by Cathi Gunter, a local playwright. The idea for the project was inspired by the play based on the Harper Lee classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, presented annually in the nearby town of Monroeville, Alabama. Sponsors of the project include Town of Coffeeville, Grove Hill Arts Council, Arts Council of Thomasville, and Lewis Pest Control. For showtimes call (251) 276-3266.
Ted Dillon and Poudlum return in Secret of the Satilfa, as their post-Thanksgiving fishing trip is interrupted by fugitive bank robbers. The boys escape, but learn the location of the robbers' secret loot. The boys must survive a sleet storm and escape the evil town sheriff in order to save the day. Ted and Poudlum are once again reminded that the similarities between them are far greater and more significant than their differences. Available in hardcover and ebook.
Author Ted Dunagan was again named Georgia Author of the year in 2011 for Secret of the Satilfa.
In Trouble on the Tombigbee, Ted Dillon and Poudlum face real danger when they accidentally stumble upon a Ku Klux Klan meeting. Only their quick wits and friendship can save them as they again team up to expose corruption in their small town. Available in hardcover and ebook.
Author Ted Dunagan received a third Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2012 for Trouble on the Tombigbee. He also won the 2013 Augusta Literary Festival Yerby Award for Fiction for Trouble on the Tombigbee; the award is named for pioneering African American novelist Frank Yerby and was presented by Gerald Yerby, Frank Yerby's nephew.
Ted and Poudlum's fourth adventure, The Salvation of Miss Lucretia, finds the boys confronting a fearsome voodoo queen, bobcats and panthers, and dangerous snakes of both reptile and human variety. A camping trip goes awry when the wild-looking Miss Lucretia puts a spell on the boys and chains them in her cabin. As the boys desperately plan their escape, they start to understand that Miss Lucretia, rejected by her family and cast out to live in isolation, is someone they should help instead of fear. Available in hardcover and ebook.
Look for author Ted Dunagan's next book about Ted and Poudlum, The Bovine Bandits.