Val Bodurtha signs books at Six-Thirteen restaurant!
Horace Mann, a private high school founded in 1887 in Riverdale, New York, and Val Bodurtha’s alma mater, featured The History Makers in its weekly paper, The Horace Mann Record. Val attended Horace Mann for high school, from 2010-2014.
The feature describes the inspiration behind The History Makers: an AP World History assignment that Val took to heart and by turning into a short story that ran 10 pages long.
Val’s AP History teacher and mentor, Dr. Susan Groppi, loved the imaginative story Val created. She then encouraged Val to turn the paper into a YA novel. That summer, Val worked on it for 2 hours every single day.
The hard work paid off! The finished product won the Young Writers book competition. “We loved how well Val wove her premise into the story. The setting already wowed us, but she kept the momentum going with a story that explored the most dangerous and shocking facets of their world”, said Ashley Stapleton, Editor at Booklogix Publishing.
The hard work didn’t stop there. After winning the competition, Val went through 3-4 editing rounds with the help of Booklogix’s professional editors. Finally, it become the finished product we know and love as The History Makers.
Liz Skalka from the Stamford Advocate gets behind the scenes with Val Bodurtha.
The History Makers started out as an essay for a high school history class.
Val’s history teacher Susan Groppi assigned a project on Aztec or Mayan civilizations, but Val’s imagination took her beyond the class requirements.
She imagined a world in which the Aztec empire flourished for centuries. How would their religion evolve to meet the needs of a larger society? How would their forms of government adapt, and how would people respond?
Find out more about Val, her story, and the making of The History Makers!
Val Bodurtha’s debut novel The History Makers was featured in NY Post on Sunday, July 30th.
The novel appears under Mackenzie Dawson’s Sunday NY Post column, “Required Reading”. Included in the list are also “The Address” by Fiona Davis, and “The Bettencourt Affair” by Tom Sancton. Can’t wait to read the others!
Dawson calls The History Makers a “must-read” and a “clever alternative history”.
Check it out here!