Born: October 26, 1952
Ohio connection: Birth
Tony Abbott was born in Cleveland, Ohio. The son of teachers, when he was eight, his family relocated to Fairfield, Connecticut, where his father became a university professor of American history. Abbott graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English Literature. Reading bedtime stories to his children inspired him to write children’s books. Abbott has written several series, including Danger Guys, The Secrets of Droon, and Cracked Classics. Many of his books have been translated in Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese and Russian, selling over 6 million books worldwide. He and his family live in Connecticut. Tony Abbott has received several awards including the Golden Kite Award for fiction, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, 2007, for Firegirl; and the Edgar Allan Poe Award for best juvenile novel, Mystery Writers of America, 2009, for The Postcard.
Tony Abbott loves books and reading; this is the most important thing to know about him. He has an extensive personal library and vast knowledge gained from reading. He is delighted and humbled by the fact that for over 20 years he has made his living writing books.