Lowrey Wilson, Lumpkin County Middle School Media Specialist, Dahlonega, GA.
"Ted, thanks so much for speaking to my 6th and 7th graders. They were so excited
The students can really relate to the characters in your books and the
situations they get themselves into - several told me they wished they were
having the adventures! I really appreciate that you gave them information about
how to write a book, and encouraged them that they, too, could become writers.
It was fun to watch how they were hanging on every word as you read from the
books! The question-and-answer section was great fun, especially the secret
question. Now I have a waiting list of students that want to check out your
books - it's great to see the kids so excited about reading. We can't wait for
Trouble on the Tombigbee to come out!"
Gary Parker, Media Specialist, Carmel Elementary, Woodstock, GA.
“Ted, thank you so much for coming out and speaking with our fifth graders at Carmel Elementary School. Our kids really enjoyed the visit and as you could see they were so intrigued that there were too many questions to even answer. You picked great excerpts from both books to read and really got the kids hooked. Your books cover so many important topics from race relations, civil rights, friendship, character, and good old fashioned fun, which is why I think they have been so well received. You made a good point when asked why you wrote the books, you replied that you wanted kids and adults alike to have a good story without a wizard or a vampire! The crowd, who laughed and applauded, really like that and I think you put it well without knocking the wizard books and alike. I think it meant a lot to them to hear that they can be a writer if they want. You had both the rock-star appeal coming in as a published award-winning author and at the same time a down-to-earth way to make it more palpable for the students. You may have just inspired the next Mark Twain in the crowd! It is impossible to measure the future impact you may have had with these kids and only hindsight will tell us! We look forward to following the story of Ted and Poudlum!"
Annell Gordon, Wilson Hall Middle School, Grove Hill, AL.
“What delicious options A Yellow Watermelon and Secret of the Satilfa present for book-hungry students that savor the adventure, mystery, and the lessons learned by Poudlum and Ted in coming-of-age stories set in their own back yards!”
Mary Dean, Media Specialist, Jefferson Parkway Elementary, Newnan, GA.
“Dear Mr. Dunagan, Thank you for coming to visit us today at Jefferson Parkway! We all loved hearing you talk about your books and the writing process. I got notes from teachers stating how much they enjoyed your visit. The kids are dying to read your books. I can hardly wait for book number three! I love Ted and Poudlum and their adventures.”
Douglas Weeks, Gatewood Schools, Eatonton, GA.
“I have a waiting list a mile long for A Yellow Watermelon, and the kids who have already read it are bugging me to death to find out when the sequel, Secret of the Satilfa, will be here.”
A FEW LETTERS I’VE GOTTEN FROM KIDS:
“My eighth grade class just finished reading Secret of the Satilfa. I honestly enjoyed reading every minute of it. The suspenseful way you ended chapters made me want to keep going. Also, I enjoyed A Yellow Watermelon. Ted’s innocence and willingness to help his friends despite what society thought touched my heart in more ways that you can imagine,”
“Thank you so much for both of your books. I enjoyed, laughed, cried and cheered you and Poudlum on. I wish you would write some more soon.”
“I read A Yellow Watermelon when I was 12 years old, but it wasn’t until I read it in Ms. Gordon’s Class that I really understood it. Your character in the book reminds me of myself. In my school I deal with stuff Ted deals with in the book. We also read your second book, Secret of the Satilfa. Both of your books are great and they helped me in life.”
“My class has recently read your two books. I really enjoyed them. A Yellow Watermelon is now one of my favorite books. I loved the message it brought to readers and I hope you continue writing books.”
“I enjoyed your two novels. I learned about ‘nail soup’ and about the situations that both you and Poudlum went through. Furthermore, the novels were adventurous and humorous, and both displayed a moral behind them. The moral of A Yellow Watermelon is that no matter what color your are, you are still a person. I am looking forward to your third novel.”