On October 4, 2019, I spoke to my 2500th student about the importance of reading and writing.
Thank you for having me at your schools!
I am currently scheduling speaking engagements for the fall of 2019.
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IS AN AR BOOK NOW!
The Uncontrolled has now been accepted by Renaissance to be part of the Accelerated Reader ("AR") list. This is a computer program that most schools use to help teachers and librarians manage and monitor children's independent reading practice. We are very grateful that The Uncontrolled is now on the AR list so children can enjoy the book and get credit for reading it!
Meet The Uncontrolled Author, Zachary Astrowsky
February 15th: Ingleside Middle School
March 11th: Sunrise Middle School
March 12th: Desert Cove Elementary School
April 5th: Esperanza Prep
May 8th: Pima Traditional School
May 14th: Hohokam Elementary School
May 15th: Echo Mountain School
July 26th: Step-Up School
Sept. 20th-22nd: Southern CA Writers' Conference
Sept. 26th: Copper Ridge Elementary School
Oct. 4th: Mountain View School
March 12th: Stevenson School, NYC
WHERE TO FIND - THE UNCONTROLLED
After spending countless hours over the last four years working up to its release, I’m proud to announce that it’s finally ready. It is creative, innovative, and filled with excitement. The Uncontrolled is the next book for tweens, teens, and young adult readers. If you like exciting science- fiction storylines I guarantee you’ll love this one as well. You can purchase my novel at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1986532569 and at Barnes & Noble.
I AM HONORED TO BE FEATURED IN THE RECENT EDITION OF J14 TEEN MAGAZINE AND CEOKID, BOTH ARE NATIONAL PUBLICATIONS.
GREAT SUMMER READING BOOK!
MERCHANDISE OPTIONS BELOW.
AWARD WINNING BOOK
Channel 15 ABC
Barnes & Noble segment
September 2, 2018
More press links:
The Ranch Review (page 14): https://issuu.com/timespub/docs/062018_ranch_review
Channel 3 Good Morning AZ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXAKh_ppY1E
Scottsdale Independent Newspaper: https://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/news/teen-author-zachary-astrowsky-meets-the-public-in-scottsdale-june-27-28/
Fox 10 News Interview, aired April 8, 2018
Arizona Foothills Magazine Trendsetters: (includes Q&A):
Scottsdale Independent Newspaper: https://www.scottsdaleindependent.com/education/cocopah-8th-grader-zachary-astrowsky-writes-fiction-novel/
Channel 3 Good Morning Arizona Interview
June 2, 2018
A BIT ABOUT MY NOVEL & ME
It all began on a trip to NYC when I was five. I couldn't read yet, but I wanted to understand every sign and billboard I saw. I began putting letters together and for my birthday a few months later, I was requesting the fourth book in the Harry Potter series. Reading allowed my mind to explore and create stories, and as a young child I began filling them with colorful characters and sharing them with anyone and everyone who would listen. Since then, I’ve progressed quite a bit to formulating longer and more complex stories and eventually completing my first novel, The Uncontrolled.
Brief Synopsis of The Uncontrolled:
The robotic way people smile is John’s first inclination that things are not quite as they seem in Grand Siles. Attending his last year of middle school, the boy’s parents are forced to tell him about a plot so abominable that it upends John’s world. At the age of fourteen, everyone is “vaccinated” with a Tracker for Globe (TFG); a biological implant that makes people controllable. John is supposed to get his shot the very next day, and he and his parents devise a plan to put a stop to the TFG once and for all. Things don’t go exactly as planned.
Warning his best friend Chase about the TFG, John enlists his help at the shot clinic, but when things don’t go according to plan, the clinic erupts in a firestorm that leaves both of John’s parents dead. Suddenly finding himself orphaned, along with Chase and an irrepressible girl named Hazel the three of them find themselves in the world of the controlled, where they must try to escape the notice of this powerful society and its leader.
I bought this book for my 14 year old son. The morning after the book arrived in the mail, he feigned an upset stomach (I fell for it) and stayed home from school. He read the entire 300+ pages that day and is eagerly awaiting a second book! Through out the day, as he was reading, he would pause and say, “Mom, this book is so good!” And to read a book written by a teenager—what an inspiration.
My 11-year-old son can't put this book down! I caught him "sneak-reading" it late last night in bed w a flashlight! I'm looking forward to reading it after he's done.
Pretty cool book. Not a bad weekend when you can sit back and read a great first novel by a young writer. Looking forward to what the future has in mind for this rising star.
An Amazing book!! It is written so well.
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