TRUMBULL, Conn. – By any definition, Tony Abbott of Trumbull made the right decision when he risked leaving his job as a corporate trade publication editor 25 years ago to concentrate on his dream of writing.
And it paid off: Today, he has published 106 books and sold over 12 million copies.
Abbott is known for his mystery and fantasy series for children — such as the popular Danger Guys series, The Copernicus Legacy , and The Secrets of Droon fantasy books, to name but a few.
But every now and then, Abbott writes a standalone novel. The Summer of Owen Todd, published this past October, is also his most ambitious. Ambitious not in its style, but in its substance: The novel deals with the title character being sworn to secrecy when he finds out that his best friend, Sean, is being sexually abused by his male babysitter.
“It’s not an adventure book,” said Abbott. “It’s a fairly realistic look at something horrifying yet very human. My reason for writing this book is to investigate and shine a light on a really elemental situation that a young person has to deal with.”
The story is loosely based on an actual case of child abuse […]