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Book Series Spotlight | The Paulie Passero series by @JohnMadormo #yalit #yareaders #mustread

If you love young adult, then you're going to love this new series by John V. Madormo...

Title – The Summer of Guinevere

Author – John V. Madormo

Genre – Young Adult

Publisher – The Wild Rose Press

Book Blurb –

It was the summer of 1968. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been cut down by a sniper's bullet. Senator Bobby Kennedy, on the campaign trail in California, had been assassinated. The Democratic National Convention in Chicago had left a black eye on the city. And 16-year-old Paulie Passero was oblivious to it all.

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Chicago. August, 1968. And a summer I will never forget. The city and the nation were still reeling from a pair of assassinations. In April, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been cut down by a sniper in Memphis. In the days that followed, the City of Big Shoulders mourned, but it also burned. And just two months ago, Senator Bobby Kennedy, while on a presidential campaign swing in California, found himself in the crosshairs of another madman’s sights. For some reason these events really didn’t bother me. And it bothered me that they didn’t. These were tragic, earth-shattering occurrences. I should have been reading the paper or watching the news—but I wasn’t. What was wrong with me? Was I heartless? Was I apathetic?

I remember asking my best friend, Mickey Hannigan, if there was something odd about the fact that I didn’t seem to care much about world events. He told me that we had seen so many murders on TV and at the movies in our lifetime that we had become numb to killing. The fact that these were real people who had lost their lives didn’t seem to matter. “Things like this happen,” Mickey would say. “We read about them all the time in history books, so why would anybody be so shocked when they take place in our lifetimes? Listen, Paulie, the world is filled with lunatics. These things were bound to happen.”

It was weird though to think that fifty or a hundred years from now, kids would be studying the same stuff in history classes that we were watching on the evening news, or rather, not watching. I knew that this was really important stuff. So why was I more concerned about what was happening in my own life? I didn’t know. Maybe there was something wrong with me. I usually found myself more worried about other things—things that some people might regard as trivial…like getting my driver’s license…or wondering if I’d be invited to a particular party…or if I’d ever work up the nerve to ask a girl out on a date.

Let’s face it. When you’re in high school, it’s all about social status, not the ten o’clock news. You’ll never find anyone willing to admit it, but everyone knows it’s true. It was all about who your friends were, what sport you excelled in, or what kind of car you drove. I am embarrassed to say that I have managed to strike out on all three fronts. If I had to describe my life to someone, I could sum it up in one word—bleak. It wasn’t fair. I didn’t deserve this. A few years ago, things were different. Back in grammar school, I was one of the popular kids, or at least I thought I was. But now I was just one of the lemmings. I had allowed myself to become a follower. I simply blended in. There was nothing special about me anymore. And I hated it. When I entered high school, I had such big plans. I was going to blaze a trail. I was going to make people take notice. I was going to be…well…popular. Not on the football field or basketball court. I hadn’t been blessed with those talents. Instead I planned to wow them academically…and politically…and socially. I saw myself as valedictorian and class president and king of the homecoming court. In the yearbook, it would say that I had been voted as “Most likely to succeed…at everything.” I had it all planned out.

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Author Biography

John Madormo, a Chicago area screenwriter, author, and college professor, has created a body of work that has attracted the attention of motion picture producers and publishers. John has sold a family comedy screenplay to a Los Angeles production company, is the author of a mystery series with a major New York publisher, and was recently named the Grand Prize winner of a national writing competition.

Here are just a few of his accomplishments:

- John is the author of a four-book series with Penguin Books for Young Readers. The middle-grade mystery series, "Charlie Collier, Snoop for Hire," is a tale about yours truly, a 12-year-old private detective, who sets up shop in his parents' garage and solves cases for fellow sixth-grade classmates. The debut novel, "The Homemade Stuffing Caper," was released in May, 2012. The sequel, "The Camp Phoenix Caper," was released in February, 2013. Book #3 in the series, "The Copy Cat Caper," hit bookstore shelves in September, 2013. And Book#4 debuted in 2017.

- John sold a family comedy screenplay, "Coach Dracula," to Dog & Rooster Productions, Studio City, CA. (Sheri Bryant will produce; Greg Aronowitz will direct).

- He optioned a family comedy screenplay, "Two-Faced," to Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") Enterprises. Ms. Roberts and her manager-son, Michael Cannata, held the rights for 3 years.

- John Madormo completed a screenplay adaptation of the young adult novel, "The Ghost of Lizard Light" by Elvira Woodruff, for Flatiron Films (producers of the 2000 release, "Pay It Forward," starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt).

- John signed a contract with Zumaya Publications (Austin, TX) for a middle-grade series titled, “The Adventures of Rutherford, Canine Comic.” Book 1 debuted in September of 2020.

- He signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press (Adams Basin, NY) for a young adult novel titled, “The Summer of Guinevere.” The book was released in the spring of 2019.

- John also signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press (Adams Basin, NY) for a young adult novel titled, “The Autumn of Andie.” The book will be released in the summer of 2020.

John has placed in the following screenwriting competitions:

- Grand Prize winner in the Reno Film Festival Best Synopsis Contest, and received First Place Award for Best Family Film Synopsis ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.")

- First Place winner for Best Family Film Synopsis at the Reno Film Festival for Best Synopsis Contest ("Dream Machine").

- Top 10 finalist in the BenderSpink Open Door Screenwriting Contest ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.)

- Finalist in the StoryPros Award Screenplay Contest ("Paulie Perkins, P.I.")

- 2nd Place in the Comedy Division of the Chicago Screenwriters Network Midwest Screenwriting Contest ("The Boys' Club")

- Top Ten Finalist in the Movie Script Contest Golden Brad Awards ("The Boys' Club")

- Semi-Finalist in the Scriptapalooza International Screenplay Competition ("The Boys' Club")

- Finalist in the International Writing Competition ("Kid Comedy")

John has also entered into option agreements with the following production companies:

Paulette Breen Productions

Flatiron Films

Rearguard Productions

Bonnie Raskin Productions

Anton Communications

Awesome Entertainment

Brainstorm Media

Doris Roberts Enterprises

Dog & Rooster Productions

You can read more about John's writing projects at

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Title – The Autumn of Andie

Author – John V. Madormo

Genre – Young Adult

Publisher – The Wild Rose Press

Book Blurb –

High school junior Paulie Passero considers himself a social misfit. He is sixteen years old and has never had the courage to ask a girl out on a date. He thinks he's a poor excuse for the average male...until he experiences something far worse. Paulie witnesses an unspeakable act by a member of the football team under the bleachers one afternoon. The star linebacker threatens him with physical harm if he tells anyone what he has seen. Paulie is at a crossroads. Should he protect a girl's reputation? Or defer to the oversize bully intimidating him? Dating has suddenly taken a back seat to this new dilemma.

Excerpt –

Mickey grabbed me by the shoulders. “Paulie Passero, I want the truth,” he said.

“Will you please stop? I’ve been telling you the truth. I don’t know what else I can say to make you believe me.”

“I want you to admit you made up this Andie Walker business. Come clean, buddy. You’ll feel better getting it off your chest. This is your best friend talking.”

I laughed and plopped down on the bed. This was just another typical day for me and my best bud, Mickey Hannigan. I’d lost count how many times we had had these kinds of conversations in my room. Neither of us could believe the other guy could actually get a date with a real girl. We weren’t what you would call experienced.

We were entering our junior year of high school with the hopes of erasing a bleak—no, make that pathetic—history with the opposite sex. Mickey had gone on two dates in his whole life. One of them you couldn’t count since it was with his cousin. And the other was a disaster. He ended up puking on his date following a spin on the Tilt-a-Whirl at Kiddieland. So, I guess I could see why he didn’t want to believe I had a date with Andie Walker. I’d be catching up to him, and he didn’t want to hear that.

“Eat your heart out, Mick,” I said.

“All right, how about if I just show up at the tennis courts tomorrow and see for myself? How’d you like that?” He smirked.

I shrugged. “I could care less.” I knew that would make him crazy.

“Give me a break. You don’t care if I’m there? Really?”

“Just do whatever you want.” I got up off the bed. “I can’t believe you think I made this whole thing up. You think I’d lie just to impress you.”

Mickey’s sneer soon melted into a smile. “You had me going there for a minute, partner. I almost believed this whole thing.”

I stomped my foot. “Damn it, Mick. Come with me tomorrow. You’ll see. But then make some excuse why you have to leave. I don’t need anyone critiquing my moves.”

He nodded. “It’s a deal.” He glanced at his watch. “Hey, I gotta get out of here. I’ll see you tomorrow. What time are you supposedly meeting her?”

I shook my head. The Mick killed me. “Noon.”

“Perfect. I’ll get here about eleven. The buses don’t run as often on the weekends. We’ll need the extra time.”

“Fine. Eleven it is.”

He winked. He was toying with me now. “I’ll let myself out.”

“You do that.” I waited at the top of the stairs until I heard the front door close. Then I fell back onto my bed and put my hands behind my head. I couldn’t stop thinking of Andie. This was going to be great. I was actually going to be spending some one-on-one time with the girl of my dreams. And if I played my cards right, this could be the first of many.

I thought back to how all of this had come about. It all started with Guennie. If it hadn’t been for her, I would never have had the courage to talk to Andie. Let me back up. Guennie—Guinevere Thompson—was what you might call my summer fling. All that came about when my dad asked me to accompany him to Leroy, Pennsylvania to visit his dying mother. This was the same woman who hadn’t spoken word one to him for the last twenty years.

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