Author: petermarino

Peter is an English professor at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, New York where he teaches writing, speech, and the occasional literature class. He won the SUNY Chancellor's Award in 2006 for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity. His first young adult novel, Dough Boy, about a fat and self-conscious but very funny high school sophomore, was published by Holiday House in October 2005 and is now available in paperback. It was nominated for the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults in 2006. His latest young adult novel, also with Holiday House, is Magic and Misery, about a teenage girl trying to balance her life with her best gay friend and her new boyfriend. It has been nominated for the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults in 2009 and is on Booklist’s Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth and was placed on the ALA Round Table Rainbow Books Bibliography.. He is finishing up three (yes three) new novels for young readers. Peter’s full-length play, The Grandma Show, co-authored with Tom Ecobelli, has had productions all over the country. His ten-minute play “Ralph Smith of Schenectady, New York...” has been produced in the 9th Annual New York City 15 Minute Play Festival, the Samuel French 2003 Short Play Festival, and SlamBoston! 2005. Another one-act, “The Good Samaritan,” won first place in SlamBoston! 2006.

Bonyo Bonyo

  Bonyo Bonyo, by Vanita Oelchlager, is a straightforward biography, told in the first person, with the voice echoing the oral tradition that once passed stories through generations. Bonyo was a Kenyan child from humble beginnings whose intrinsic determination and…

Pale

Jed and his friends hate the Pales, people who at the moment after death have been given something called the Lazarus Serum. The potion keeps them animated, but like vampires and zombies, they are no longer technically living. They have…

King & King

This book is a bit old, but I’m revisiting it since it’s June, which is both Pride month and the month of my anniversary. (Our friend and professional storyteller Christie Keegan told a version of the story at my wedding…

Waiting for the Biblioburro

What a delight this book was. I even found myself obsessed with the heavy feel of the paper it is printed on (good news for those parents whose toddlers will maul a book). The story and illustrations are very basic,…