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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Michael J. Bellito  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: December 25, 1949

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Illinois Connection

I was born in Evanston, raised in Arlington Heights, attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and have lived in Hoffman Estates and Wheeling, where I currently reside. I am presently teaching in Palatine.

Biographical and Professional Information

I graduated from Arlington High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, in 1968. I completed my B.A. in English/Speech/Education at Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in 1972. I received an M.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois in 1973. I enjoyed teaching Speech and English classes, including creative writing, for thirty-two years in Room 101 at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. I am currently teaching Speech Communication classes at Harper College in Palatine. I have been married to my wife Joani for thirty-three years. I have two married children (Matt, who wed Becki, and Joy, whose husband is Stephen). Matt and Becki recently blessed us with our first grandchildren, identical twin boys named Luke and Ryan. I had a short story titled "Waiting for a Pennant" published in North Shore magazine in 1989. My current novel ''Ten Again'' is a nostalgic look at the adventures of a ten-year-old boy set in the Chicago suburbs in 1960.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) I would love to speak anywhere in the Chicago area. I enjoy reading excerpts from ''Ten Again'' and answering questions from an audience.

Selected Titles At Your Library

First time around :
ISBN: 1609766385. OCLC Number: 694088725

Strategic Book Group,. .

John Belson is lonely. This sums up his entire being as he begins his first day of eighth grade. More than anything else, John wants a friend, a buddy with whom to share the joys and sorrows of life. And, like any normal boy his age, he also wants a girlfriend, an innocent beauty who looks like Haley Mills or Natalie Wood. But his desires are just wishes, and nothing short of a miracle can possibly change John's sad social standing. At least that's what he thinks. But real-life miracles do happen, even in the suburbs. Set to the backdrop of Chicago in 1963.

Ten again :
ISBN: 1606932500. OCLC Number: 318202502

Eloquent Books,. .