Author and retired Liverpool Central School District teacher & administrator John Sardella recently held a remote visit with Nate Perry Elementary students to read and discuss the first book in his new children’s series based on the character Quick Stick Harry.
After discussing the first book in the series, Quick Stick Harry and the Ball Hog, NPE students had the opportunity to ask Sardella questions about his writing process, character development, lacrosse, and the remaining books in the series.
Twenty years ago, Sardella wrote his first children’s book,
L is for Lacrosse, while he was principal at Donlin Drive Elementary. The ABC book taught children terms associated with the game of lacrosse and introduced readers to Quick Stick Harry. When he retired in 2018 as the principal at Willow Field Elementary, Sardella decided to pursue his passion for writing again and rediscovered some of his ideas for the character.
From there the new series was born. The first book was released in December 2020, followed by Quick Stick Harry and the Legend of Lax Bro Johnny in February 2021. Sardella currently is working on the final book in the series, Quick Stick Harry Meets Groundball Gabbie.
Sardella’s new books, along with his memoir A Journey without a Map: Stories of Loss, Grief, and Moving Forward, are all available for online purchase through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.