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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Allan Zullo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1947 in Rockford, Illinois

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*Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois

Biographical and Professional Information

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, Allan dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player. In 1969, Allan graduated with a journalism degree from Northern Illinois University where he worked on the school's daily paper. In 1995 Allan and his wife Kathryn moved to a mountain outside of Asheville, North Carolina, to concentrate on writing projects. Today Allan is the author and co-author of nearly 100 current and forthcoming non-fiction trade paperbacks — including more than two dozen for middle-graders.

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Titles At Your Library

Haunted Kids Bone-Chilling Boxed Set: True Ghost Stories (Haunted Baby-Sitters, The Haunted Graveyard, The Haunted Shortstop, More Haunted Kids, and Totally Haunted Kids) (SKULL PENDANT INCLUDED!)
ISBN: 054500893X

Scholastic Book Clubs. 2008

Includes box but no skull pendant

Haunted Schools: True Ghost Stories
ISBN: 0816738378

Troll Communications. 1997

Nine stories about ghosts and phantoms found haunting schools

Haunted Baby Sitters: True Ghost Stories
ISBN: 0816743282

Troll Communications. 1997

Eight stories about ghosts, and baby-sitters who encounter strange music, mysterious messages, shaking beds, and frightening apparitions

The Smile-High Club: Outrageous but True Air Travel Stories
ISBN: 0740727273

Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2002

More than 18 million flights a year carry more than one billion passengers for business and for pleasure. This, of course, leads to increased opportunities for humor in the skies. Consider the pilot whose skills were questioned after a ride ended roughly: After a particularly hard landing in Tampa, the U.S. Airways pilot apologized over the public address system to the passengers. The crew stood at the door to say good-bye to the passengers as they deplaned. The pilot felt so bad about the landing, he couldn't look anyone in the eye. None of the passengers said anything derogatory until a sweet little lady walking with the help of a cane approached him. "Sonny," she said right in his face. "Did we land...or were we shot down?" Author Allan Zullo has produced some of the world's most notoriously funny books, filled with astonishing-but-true stories. With coauthor Kathy Nelson, Zullo's latest entrant captures some of flying's best moments, from the Northwest captain who had pizza delivered to a plane stuck on the tarmac to the Delta flight engineer who fell out the back exit of a taxiing jet. "Hey, thanks for waiting for me!" he told the pilot who slowed to pick him up. "No problem," answered the captain. "I like you." From start to finish, The Smile-High Club will keep readers laughing at some of aviation's most amazing antics.

Greatest Survivor Stories Never Told
ISBN: 0740727281

Andrews McMeel Publishing. 2002

Shares stories of narrow escapes from death by ordinary people in unfortunate circumstances, including a police officer surviving the collapse of both World Trade Center towers, and a man trapped in the desert without water.

The president who pardoned a turkey and other wacky tales of American history
ISBN: 0816740593

Watermill Press. 1996

The Ten Creepiest Creatures in America
ISBN: 081674288X

Troll Communications Llc. 1997

Discusses reports of sightings in the United States of such unknown creatures as West Virginia's Mothman, the Honey Island swamp monster, Champ--the lake monster in Lake Champlain--Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and others

Survivors: True Stories of Children in the Holocaust
ISBN: 0439669960

Scholastic Paperbacks. 2005

Gripping and inspiring, these true stories of bravery, terror, and hope chronicle nine different children's experiences during the Holocaust.

These are the true-life accounts of nine Jewish boys and girls whose lives spiraled into danger and fear as the Holocaust overtook Europe. In a time of great horror, these children each found a way to make it through the nightmare of war. Some made daring escapes into the unknown, others disguised their true identities, and many witnessed unimaginable horrors. But what they all shared was the unshakable belief in-- and hope for-- survival.
Their legacy of courage in the face of hatred will move you, captivate you, and, ultimately, inspire you.

The Dog Who Saved Christmas and Other True Animal Tales
ISBN: 0545046432

Scholastic Inc.. 2008

The Fishing Hall of Shame

Dell. 2009

An irreverent testament to the millions of anglers who ever hooked something they oughta notta, lost a really big one, or told a whopper

Fishing is the No. 1 sport for fun—and spectacular snafus. Whether it’s a pro like Ray Scott or a presidential angler like George Bush, the deck is stacked to make buffoons of the best. So cast off on an ocean of hooks, lines, and stinkers as fishing guides, charter boat captains, game wardens, and weekend fishermen spill the wacky truth about shamefully funny moments such as when:

• Ray Cockrell landed a huge bluefish and ate it—only to find out later his catch would have been a world record.
• Author Ernest Hemingway tried to shoot the shark he had just landed—but instead shot himself in the leg.
• Pro angler Gary Klein put his boat on a high-speed plane through a patch of tall weeds—and wound up in a cow pasture.
• A Colorado woman was nabbed by authorities after they discovered she had stuffed 17 illegally caught fresh trout in her underwear.
• Jim Bitter landed a bass that would have won him $50,000 in a tournament—until he accidentally dropped it over the side.

The Worst Tournament Cheats!
The Weirdest Casting Accidents!

The Funniest Fish Stories!
They’re All Immortalized In The Fishing Hall of Shame

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