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Blasdell trustee publishes latest essay, book

Village of Blasdell Trustee Matt Chandler released his second children’s book last month.

“Deer Hunting for Kids,” published by Capstone Press, is part of a series on hunting. The non-fiction books are aimed at children with high-interest who struggle with reading. The book follows Chandler’s debut title, “The World’s Most Haunted Places,” which was published by Capstone in 2011.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to learn about so many different topics and research for these books,” Chandler said. “As I put together a book to help children learn, I get to learn too, so it is a very rewarding experience.”

Chandler’s third book, “Bear Hunting for Kids,” is scheduled to be released at the end of the year as part of the hunting series. He also recently completed work on the manuscript for his fourth children’s book, tentatively titled, “The World’s Most Dangerous Eras.” It is scheduled for publication in 2013.

“What I especially love about writing these books, is the chance that it affords me to go into schools and speak to students about writing,” he said. “I love to write, but even more than that, I love to work with students, to inspire them, and to open their eyes to how much fun writing can be.”

Chandler has been visiting area schools for the last several years. His presentations range from writing workshops that walk students through the process he follows when writing a book, to broad presentations on his career as a writer and newspaper editor.

“I took a very non-traditional path to this career,” Chandler said. “Students tend to be surprised when they hear my story and it is one that I hope motivates them to see that they truly can achieve anything they want, regardless of where they start out or what obstacles they face.”

He tailors his presentations to various age groups and has spoken to schools ranging from elementary level to college.

“The message I deliver is one that applies to everyone, whether the student wants to grow up to be a writer or not,” he said. “My writing is the vehicle I use to deliver the message, but really, I talk to them about finding your passion, and loving whatever it is you decide to do.”

On Oct. 2, an essay Chandler wrote will be featured in the latest release in the New York Times Bestselling series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. His essay, detailing an experience he had with Buffalo Sabres players Patrick Kaleta and Nate Gerbe, is part of the title, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Hooked on Hockey.”

“I’m very proud of the essay because I think it is an incredibly story about two amazing athletes who unselfishly gave of themselves off of the ice,” Chandler said. “We here so much about contracts, and arrests and all of the negative surrounding athletes. This is a chance to see the good they do.”

This is the second time Chandler’s work has been featured in the series. In 2010, he wrote an essay that was part of the book, “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive.”

“I love these books because they send such a positive message of hope and inspiration to people,” he said. “It is awesome to be part of a second title.”

Chandler, who is a legal reporter for Business First newspaper and the associate editor of the Buffalo Law Journal, said he hopes to expand his work with students in the coming school year.

“I have already booked a few schools and I am looking to get into more schools and share my message with as many students as possible,” he said.

If you would like to learn more about Chandler’s work, or inquire about having him present at your school, you can reach him via his website,, email him at, or call him at 716-390-9203.


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