Tom McCarthy is an award-winning writer and editor. He has developed and edited titles that have won such awards as Harvard University's Goldsmith Award for Book of the Year, Reader's Digest Top Five Summer Books, Sport Illustrated's Top Books of the Year, and Esquire's The Year's Five Best Read. As the series editor for several best-selling collections, including Incredible Pirate Tales, Ghost Pirates, and Incredible Tales of the Sea, he has developed a knack for finding great stories for readers of all ages. Tom lives in Guilford, CT.
Praise for Pirates and Shipwrecks: Real Tales of Terror on the High Seas This Kid Reviews Books Blog "Mr. McCarthy has written another book that is just as good as the Survival book. Also nonfiction, these true stories tell of real-life pirates, and also real-life shipwrecks that almost (or even did!) turned into disasters. It was an interesting look into a different time... The books are shorter, and good for a quick read, especially chapter by chapter. A really nice nonfiction series! I give this book five out of five bookworms!" Novel Novice Blog "History comes alive in the new Mystery & Mayhem series from author Tom McCarthy -- a new non-fiction series that aims to get young readers excited about history by sharing thrilling, real-life stories of adventure and intrigue. I love the concept of this series -- and so far, I love the books in the series, too!" Mom Read It Blog "...There are five stories of pirates and shipwrecks here, all true. Pirate fans, brandish your cutlasses, put on your eyepatch, and have a seat; these are the stories of the real Pirates of the Caribbean (and then some)! Kirkus Reviews Five true tales of pirates and shipwrecks spare none of the intriguing and grisly details. Employing a casual, conversational tone that reads easily, McCarthy spins five yarns of bloodthirsty pirates and harrowing shipwrecks... A breezy offering just right for fans of survival tales. Titles Edited by Tom McCarthy Far Afield, A Sportswriting Odyssey by S.L. Price The New York Times "The sports reportage in this gracefully written book is strong enough to make the sometimes-dated events seem timeless." Esquire Magazine "Far Afield is mostly a journey of self-discovery, honest and true without any of the usual sun-dappled barf. It reminds us that sports can tell us more about one another than just about anything else we do, so long as someone as able as Price provides the translation." Duty, Honor, Victory by Gary Bloomfield Sports Illustrated "An excellent book, it could be sent to school with your kids and used for social studies classes." Publishers Weekly "A touching and memorable account of America's athletes on the battlefield." Facing Ali: 15 Fighters/15 Stories by Stephen Brunt Sports Illustrated "These are men of substance, worth getting to know. Brunt does them justice, but the author has done something even more impressive: He has found something new to report about Muhammad Ali." Racing the Sunset: An Athlete's Quest for Life After Sports by Scott Tinley Triathlete "Tinley rubbed shoulders with legends from all sports during the run-up in his own notoriety, and leveraged those relationships in writing his latest book. He opens their grief to us in their own words, and bares his own heart as well." Undertaker's Son by Richard "Digger" Phelps Donald J. Trump "Digger is not only a survivor, he's an optimist who has made an indelible impression on everyone who has been lucky enough to know him. His book is a lesson in having the right attitude to not only overcome obstacles, but to contribute to society and our country in a big way. Undertaker's Son is a terrific read, and a wonderful book to add to any collection." Foul Ball: My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark by Jim Bouton San Francisco Chronicle "An irresistible story whose outcome remains in doubt until the very end. Not just a funny book, but a patriotic one." John Feinstein "What it shares with Ball Four is Bouton's humor, his keen sense of what's right and wrong, and a remarkable tale that--if you didn't trust the author--you would find difficult to believe." Jim Bouton "Ball Four is a book I wanted to write. Foul Ball is a book I had to write." Keith Olbermann "Now in his fifth decade of telling the truth no matter the consequences, Bouton proves that a badly run city government can be just as dangerous--and just as hilarious--as a badly run baseball team." Other titles from Nomad Press Explorers of the New World School Library Journal "This informative, entertaining activity book takes readers on a fascinating voyage of their own ... An appealing and useful resource." Children's Literature Review This combination history and activity book from the "Build it Yourself" series will enliven home school and classroom history units..." The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence School Library Journal "Featuring a lively page design, this volume asks readers a series of questions to prompt them to consider the American Revolution ... VERDICT A useful resource; purchase as needed."