More About the Author
V.T. Dacquino is the author of several books for young children, including the popular young adult novel Kiss the Candy Days Good-Bye, a Dell/Yearling paperback. He is the founder of the Peanut Butter and Jelly Writing Academy and has made numerous appearances at schools and historical sites based on his adult biography, Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms. A "classroom-ready version" of this book for fourth and fifth grade students was released in May 2008. The book includes exercises in DBQ's and is published by Purple Mountain Press.
Dacquino has released a book with History Press called, Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley: An Investigative Journey. Readers will read: the confession of George Denny, hanged in Putnam county in 1844; tales of the haunted Smalley's Inn, still open to diners in Carmel, New York; the tale of Chief Nimham, massacred in Van Cortland Park in 1778: and more. The book was released for Halloween 2007.
His most recent books include: Kiss the Days Hello as a follow-up to Kiss the Candy Good-Bye; Return of the Cicada, the story of a 17 year old struggling to survive AIDS and the torments of a senior citizen bully; and Emails to a Paranormal about a teenager who can talk to tortured souls.
He has addressed English teachers at annual conferences at the county, state and national levels. Mr. Dacquino was a teacher in Westchester County for over 30 years. He retired from public school teaching in 2007 to dedicate more time to his writing,lecturing, college courses and workshops, and TV talk show, "Let's Talk Writing." He resides with his wife, June, in Mahopac, NY.