All About Adolescent Literacy

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A video interview with

T.A. Barron

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T.A. Barron grew up on a ranch north of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He attended Princeton University, where he completed the Teacher Certification program and served as class president before receiving his B.A. in History in 1974. Following his undergraduate degree, Barron became a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. During this experience, Barron began traveling the world and backpacked extensively in the Highlands of Scotland - as well as Asia, Africa, and the Arctic. After eight years of working on Wall Street, Barron returned to Colorado in 1990 to pursue writing full time.

T.A. Barron has published more than 20 books, including the international best seller The Lost Years of Merlin (a five-book saga), The Hero's Trail (a nonfiction book profiling heroic young people), and The Great Tree of Avalon (a New York Times best seller trilogy). In addition, he has written several illustrated children's books and nature books about Colorado wilderness (a great excuse to go hiking).

In addition to his successful writing career, T.A. Barron founded a national award for heroic young people, which he named after his mother: the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. Each year, the Barron Prize honors extraordinary, public-spirited young people from all backgrounds, in the hope that their examples will inspire others.

Selected Books

from T.A. Barron

Merlin's Dragon

Age Level: 9-12

A tiny hero named Basil races to warn Merlin of an evil plot devised by Rhita Gawr. Book one of the Merlin's Dragon trilogy.

Buy Merlin's Dragon


Age Level: Teen

Kate and her astrophysicist grandfather share a special bond, so when her grandfather disappears and his lab is attacked by an alien outsider, Kate must find him and the secret of his most important project. Book one of The Heroic Adventures of Kate trilogy.

Buy Heartlight

The Hero's Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Life

Age Level: 9-12

Profiles of inspiring, courageous, and selfless individuals.

Buy The Hero's Trail: A Guide for a Heroic Life

The Lost Years of Merlin

Age Level: Teen

Washed ashore with no recollection of who he is, a young boy has lots of adventures and gradually comes to terms with his magical powers. Book one of The Lost Years of Merlin trilogy.

Buy The Lost Years of Merlin