Ted M. Dunagan was born and grew up in rural southwestern Alabama. He served in the U.S. Army, attended Georgia State University, and retired from a career in business in 2003. He received the 2009 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Young Adult Fiction for his debut novel, A Yellow Watermelon. The book was also named to the inaugural list of "The 25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read" compiled by the Georgia Center for the Book, and selected as an Accelerated Reader Title. He followed his first success with a sequel, Secret of the Satilfa, which earned the 2011 Georgia Author of the Year Award, followed by his third in the series, Trouble on the Tombigbee, which won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and the 2013 Yerby Award for Fiction. He lives in Monticello, Georgia, where he writes news, features, and a weekly column for The Monticello News.
"Ted and Poudlum portray childhood innocence and foolishness in a rollicking adventure that will captivate young readers and remind the young at heart of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer." --Pamela Bauer Mueller, Author of Splendid Isolation: The Jekyll Island Millionaire's Club 1888-1942 "The only trouble with Trouble on the Tombigbee is that it ends too soon. Rooted in a steadfast friendship that defies the stereotypes of the 1940s Deep South, this story tackles tough historical truths and offers readers the kind of old-fashioned adventure that quickens the heart." --Irene Latham, Author of Leaving Gee's Bend "A follow-up to the well-loved A Yellow Watermelon (2007) and Secret of the Satilfa (2010); all three volumes follow Ted and Poudlum, a pair of fast friends who happen to be of different races as they negotiate their way through a segregated rural Alabama of the 1940s. . . . This volume, like its predecessors, maintains a light, adventurous tone even as it deals with such difficult issues as segregation, hate crimes and slavery. Dunagan manages this feat not by making light of social ills, but by keeping the narrative tightly focused on Ted and Poudlum, who come off as forgivably naive and immensely likable. This one will appeal to those already fond of Ted and Poudlum and gain them some new fans, too." --Kirkus Reviews "As with the two previous novels, A Yellow Watermelon and Secret of the Satilfa, the adventures are frequently harrowing, the boys infinitely resourceful, and the suspense finely honed, all resulting in a satisfying, page-turning read . . . Shades of Huck and Tom and Jim are very palpable here . . . They enact a model of inter-racial mutuality that defies the social prejudices of their time and place, and that could well serve as an ideal for the generation soon to emerge from that time and place. Apart from its political message, the story is a ripping good yarn for any reader." --Tony Crunk