Ted Dunagan remembers when he fell in love with books. It all started with his cousin’s reading of Hansel and Gretel--the seed from which everything else would come.
At the age of 12, Dunagan began reading great authors like Mark Twain, Daniel Defoe, and Robert Louis Stevenson. And, by loving the characters they created, he began to love the art of writing.
Ted Dunagan also writes sports, feature news articles, and a popular weekly column, ‘I’m Fixin To,’ for The Monticello News. In addition, he makes regular appearances at schools where he speaks on reading, writing, and what it was like to be a kid quite some time back.
Dunagan has been praised as an author who masters language in such as way as to tell a story, weaving both the good and bad into compelling prose that impact his readers whether young or old.
Ted Dunagan has twice been named Georgia Author of the Year (2010-2011) for young adult content, an outstanding accomplishment considering he was chosen for his first ever novel: A Yellow Watermelon (a book that was also named one of the first 25 books every young person should read by the Georgia Center), and his second: Secret of the Satlifa (also nominated for the 2010 Christopher Award).
Dunagan also won the 2013 Augusta Literary Festival Yerby Award for his third book: Trouble on the Tombigbee.
A Yellow Watermelon is author Ted Dunnagan's first book introducing us to the segregated South of the 1940's. Dunnagan writes about the adventures of Ted Dillion, a twelve year old white boy, and his gradual discovery of racial double standards in his hometown. Ted spends most of his long summer days playing where he shouldn't, thinking of how to get out of school in the upcoming fall, and wondering about why white and black people in his town don't mingle. Dunnagan uses colorful dialect and even more colorful characters to spin a story that doesn't just look at racism from one perspective.
When Ted meets Jake, they develop an instant friendship despite their age and racial difference. Soon Ted is picking cotton on his uncle's farm and meets Poudlum, a twelve year old black boy. The two hit it off immediately and with Jake, get in over their heads in adventure. You can't imagine the trouble these three can conjure up. As you'll come to find out, the Tombigbee river plays a big role in this story and many more to come from Dunnagan.Learn More
In The Secret of the Satilfa we pick up the story of Ted and his best friend Poudlum catching up and fishing during their Thanksgiving break. The boys have barely begun to settle down at camp before their trip is interrupted by fugitive bank robbers. No strangers to danger and adventure the boys must figure out how to escape and solve a riddle that will hopefully lead to a hidden treasure.Learn More
Trouble on the Tombigbee is Dunagan's third novel following the escapades of unlikely pals Ted and Poudlum. The duo take adventure and adversity well in stride during a time when an interracial friendship could cause almost as much of a stir as the Klu Klux Klan's latest shenanigans. After a brief separation when Ted's family moves away, the boys get together to catch up, fish, and explore their beloved Tombigbee River. As luck would have it the river has more than catfish floating in it's current.Learn More
Dunagan once again weaves a colorful tapestry depicting the lives and times of a segregated Alabama in the late 1940's. Miss Lucretia might be Dunagen's most vibrant character to date. Plenty of research was done to ensure that although she is a fictional character, her story has a basis in fact. He masterfully rolls a history lesson into a bewitching adventure. We get to enjoy young Ted and Poudlum's continued maturity and growth as two "good boys" as Uncle Curvin would say. I am happy to report that author Ted Dunagan is wrapping up a fifth book in this beloved series.Learn More