Sennett, Frank (Ronald, Jr.) 1968-

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SENNETT, Frank (Ronald, Jr.) 1968-

PERSONAL:

Born February 16, 1968, in Missoula, MT; son of Frank Ronald Sennett and Leslie Denise (Crowe) McClintock. Education: Northwestern University, B.S. (journalism), 1990; attended the University of Montana.

ADDRESSES:

Office—324 West Sussex, Missoula, MT 59801. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Corwin Press, 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER:

Writer. Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau, public relations consultant, 1988—; Relax, assistant editor and columnist, 1990-91; former editor of Slipup.com, Newcity, Chicago, IL, NewCity.com, and Curriculum Review; KPBX public radio, Spokane, WA, host of The Alternative Source, 2001—; University of CaliforniaLos Angeles Extension, Los Angeles, CA, humor writing instructor.

WRITINGS:

It Takes Two: Wise Words and Quotable Quips on the Attraction of Opposites, Contemporary Books (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Teacher of the Year: More than 400 Quotes of Insight, Inspiration, and Motivation from America's Greatest Teachers, Contemporary Books (Chicago, IL), 2003.

Nash, Rambler (novel), Five Star (Waterville, ME), 2003.

(Editor) 400 Quotable Quotes from the World's Leading Educators, Corwin Press (Thousand Oaks, CA), 2004.

101 Stunts for Principals to Inspire Student Achievement, Corwin Press (Thousand Oaks, CA), 2004.

Nash, Metropolitan (novel; sequel to Nash, Rambler), Five Star (Waterville, ME), 2004.

Contributor to periodicals, including Woman's World and Tradeshow Week.

SIDELIGHTS:

Frank Sennett has written and/or edited a number of volumes that collect quotes, as well as an ongoing series starring Nash Hansen, a Chicago student of journalism who interns at the San Bernardino Ledger. In the first installment, Nash, Rambler, Nash heads west, where he meets a Denny's waitress named Wendy and stumbles upon his first story. While they are at a drive-in movie in southern California, a bear trap set near the concession stand ensnares the foot of a teen patron, and Nash is soon drawn into a huge story of murder and corruption. Though he is fired by his editor, Nash investigates on his own, convinced that Evan Carr, a local businessman who renovates drive-ins and is connected to a group of right-wing survivalists, is somehow involved. Nash is aided in his investigation by Homer, a biker he picked up at the Evanston on-ramp and who made the trip to California with Nash.

Booklist reviewer John Green wrote that "witty dialogue and excellent pacing make for fun reading" and described Nash as "a protagonist readers will hope to see again." In the sequel, Nash, Metropolitan, Nash is back in Chicago, working for a newspaper and investigating the death of a homeless man. As the story unfolds, he becomes involved with the KGB (the Soviet secret police) and crooked politics.

Among Sennett's other publications is 101 Stunts for Principals to Inspire Student Achievement, targeted at principals in kindergarten to grade eight settings.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:

PERIODICALS

Booklist, February 1, 2003, John Green, review of Nash, Rambler, p. 976.

Editor and Publisher, June 19, 2000, Greg Mitchell, "To Air Is Human," review of Slipup.com, p. 100.

ONLINE

Frank Sennett Home Page,http://www.franksennett.com (June 11, 2004).*