Carole Shmurak

Tom Ratliff

Welcome to our website!

Here you can learn more about our books or about the authors. The Matty Trescott books are historical fiction, but there are lots of real people and real events in the stories. Many teachers and middle-school age readers have already discovered the magic of the story of Matty and Neely. We hope that you enjoy reading the books as much as we enjoyed writing them.

Who is Carroll Thomas?

        Carroll Thomas is the pen name of two writers: Carole Shmurak and Tom Ratliff. Carole is a former professor of secondary education who writes mystery novels and conducts book discussion groups throughout Connecticut. You can learn more about Carole and her writings at                

  Tom Ratliff is a social studies teacher and a Civil War buff who writes young adult adventure stories for the Newspapers in Education program and has written for Salariya Books of London as well as the National Geographic Society, Scholastic Books, and Barrons. He has master's degree in Early American History and a second master's in Library Science and has done post-graduate work in American literature, maritime history, and graphic design. He teaches at Central Connecticut State University and online for several Connecticut community colleges. He is currently researching a book on Connecticut's role in the American Revolution. To learn more about Tom's other work check out his web page here.

The Matty Trescott books have been read by hundreds of school children in Connecticut and across the country, and several have been nominated for awards or been chosen for reading lists.

    If you would like to purchase a signed edition of any of the Matty books you can get them on Amazon at Carroll Thomas Bookseller here.