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Gavin Goodfellow Debuts at Delaware Tech - Post Date October 11, 2007

GEORGETOWN, Del. – Students at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, will have an opportunity to meet local author Candy Abbott on Thursday, October 25, from 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Abbott, whose novel Gavin Goodfellow: The Lure of Burnt Swamp was showcased at a book launching at Delmarva Christian High School on October 6, will be featured at a book signing in the Campus Bookstore from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Jason Technology Center on the 25th. The public is welcome—especially parents, grandparents and teachers. Before and after the bookstore signing (1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:30 p.m.), Abbott will be available at the Delaware Learning Resource Center located in the Child Development Center to discuss the book’s educational applications.

A faith-based story of a 12-year-old’s coming of age and discovery of his spiritual calling, Gavin Goodfellow has been adopted into the curriculum of two Christian schools. Abbott and friends have also developed an Interactive Journal to help young readers define the lessons learned through Gavin’s adventures. This student workbook is available for download at

Melanie Theofiles, Language Arts instructor at Epworth Christian School, is compiling a chapter-by-chapter Language Guide so busy teachers can use Gavin Goodfellow with middle grade students (recommended for 8th grade); the guide is expected to be finished early in 2008.

Patti Payne, director of the Learning Resource Center at Owens, says, “With all the resources we distribute to the public, I’ve never seen anything like this. The book itself is an enjoyable read, and the curriculum pieces add a whole new dimension. It is a unique approach with a lot of potential for parents and teachers to get their kids thinking at a deeper level.”

“We’re looking forward to the book signing,” says Janette Ghabour, manager of the Delaware Tech Owens Campus bookstore. “Candy is an exceptional writer and an inspiration to students and staff alike. It will be good to have her back on campus again.”

Abbott retired from the Owens Campus five years ago to pursue writing, speaking, and publishing full-time. She served as Executive Secretary to the Campus Director for 28 years and is looking forward to reuniting with her former co-workers. Gavin Goodfellow: The Lure of Burnt Swamp is her second book. Her inspirational stories have been published in numerous anthologies.

For more information on Gavin Goodfellow: The Lure of Burnt Swamp, visit or call 302-856-6649.