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Formerly a young adult specialist with the New York Public Library, Edward T. Sullivan is now a school librarian in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the series editor for Scarecrow Press Guides to Children's and Young Adult Literature. Currently the president of the Knoxville Writers Guild, he serves on the boards of Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) and the University of Tennessee Center for Children's and Young Adult Literature. He also served on the board of the Young Adult Library Services Association and on editorial advisory boards of several professional journals.


Sullivan has published more than two hundred articles, author interviews, bibliographies, and reviews in such journals as The ALAN Review, Book Links, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Voice of Youth Advocates. In 2002, Scarecrow Press published his Reaching Reluctant Young Adult Readers . He is presently working on a critical biography of author Milton Meltzer as well as a guide to Appalachian literature for children and youth.


A solid researcher and bibliographer, Sullivan put together a comprehensive Holocaust education resource guide for teachers and librarians in 1999. Published by Scarecrow Press, it was called The Holocaust in Literature for Youth.

His first book for young adult readers, The Ultimate Weapon: The Race to Develop the Atomic Bomb, available from Holiday House, is a 2007 Parents' Choice Silver Honor award winner and is a 2008 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People and a 2008 NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12!  This book examines the scientific developments of the Manhattan Project, the Nazi nuclear arms program, and the massive commitment by the United States to win the nuclear arms race. From bus driver to scientist to spy to president, the key personalities concerned are examined, including Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In this comprehensive book, filled with nearly 100 arresting black-and-white photographs, Sullivan offers a broad and compelling look at the who's, what's, when's, where's, and why's of the making of the atomic bomb, as well as its pronounced effects on our world today.


He lives with his wife, Judy, and their three cats in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a city that played a major role in the building of the first atomic bombs.