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Randy Powell

Randy Powell
Copyright Judy Powell

Randy PowellI've lived in Seattle all my life -- since 1956. I live here now with my wife, Judy, and our two sons, Eli and Drew. I like the outdoors, books, fresh crab and raw oysters, and rain.As a kid, I was crazy about sports. All sports. When I wasn't playing the real thing, I was playing some imaginary form of it. I wasn't a great athlete, just obsessed. I peaked when I was eleven. Our little league football team won the city championship, and the coach gave me the game ball. I lost that ball a few years later. I'm still looking for it.
I had fun reading and writing. When I found a book I liked, I threw myself into it, into the main character's skin. I'd try to write in the author's style. Writing was hard work, but what a rush it gave me, coming up with the right phrase, finishing a piece and feeling it click, reading it to the class and getting some laughs.In high school, in the early 1970s, my hero was Arthur Ashe, the tennis pro. I concentrated on tennis and worked hard at it, but not hard enough. Today it's still my game of choice, and I still don't work hard enough. High school is also where I became serious about writing. I became even more so in college, at the University of Washington. I made two trips to Europe, worked summers in Alaska as a deckhand on a fishing boat, and wrote short stories, novels, and even formula romances.After college, I got a job teaching at an alternative school for junior high and high school dropouts. I taught for four years and loved it, but finally left because it ate up my writing time.My breakthrough in writing came when I learned to look inside myself and write about the things I cared and felt deeply about. I guess it was only natural that my first published novel, My Underrated Year, should be about a high school football and tennis player. Yes, there's a lot of myself in that book, although hardly any of the incidents actually happened. That's true of my other books as well.I enjoy visiting schools and talking to students about writing. I also love hearing from readers. You can write to me in care of my publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. I promise I'll write back!

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Swiss Mist
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Swiss Mist

Randy Powell
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

When Milo is in fifth grade, his parents get divorced, and his teacher, Ms. Swinford, helps him make it through the year. He loves hearing her sing "The Happy Wanderer" and reminisce about the year...

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Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star
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Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star

Randy Powell
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Grady is skateboarding toward a major decision

No longer able to live with his grandmother, fifteen-year-old Grady Grennan has to find a new address. one option is to move in with his...

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Dean Duffy
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Dean Duffy

Randy Powell
FSG Books for Young Readers
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

"Dean, 18, is a baseball player whose glory days are behind him...After his arm gave out, he moved to first base and plunged into a two-year batting slump, losing any hope for a college scholarship...Jack Trant, an affable supporter...finagles Dean a one-semester 'trial' scholarship at a small private college. The young man realistically hesitates to commit himself to possible further humiliation playing the game he loved...Exciting." --Starred/School Library Journal

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