I started writing the Secrets of The Tally Series when I was twelve (that was a while ago!) and I LOVE visiting classes to tell students about the journey I took to become an author. It's full of failures, obstacles, and perseverance, and will hopefully be a memorable and encouraging experience for your students. Most class visits include me telling my story of becoming an author, talking a little about the books, allowing the students to ask questions about anything author-related, then wrapping up by reading the first chapter to get everyone hooked and excited to read more.
I'll talk to single classes, multiple classes combined, or an assembly - whatever you think would serve your students best. I do try to make a whole day out of class visits, so if you've got 5 English classes in a row, count me in for all of them! It's also fun if you want to collaborate with other teachers and bring in a second class too - that still gives the interactive feel where students are comfortable enough to ask questions, but helps us get more people excited about reading.
I'm based out of Longview, WA, so I'm happy to go anywhere within an hour or two of my homebase. (Still contact me if you're further away; planning may just be a bit tighter.)
The books begin around a 6th grade reading level and increase about a year with each book as the characters grow and progress in their individual stories (Book Two being a 7th grade reading level, Book Three - 8th, and Book Four - 9th). The story begins with two mystery characters whose identities need to be solved while on the run from monsters. The books are action packed enough to hook even the most adamant non-readers from the beginning and hopefully keep them interested all the way through to the end. They do not end on cliff hangers, but enough is left unsolved that readers will always want the next book.
Hopefully by the end of our visits, we'll have a good group of kids excited about reading!
I'll bring books with me and send flyers ahead of time so parents can be notified that an author is coming, and given the option to send money to purchase them. I've noticed quite often though, that kids don't realize they're going to need a book until after the visit, so we'll also set up a way they can still buy over the next few days. We don't want anyone missing out!
Fill out the following form, and we'll get in touch to find a date that works. (It's alright if you don't have the details worked out perfectly yet. Just let me know what you're thinking, and we'll make it happen!)
Until then, Happy Reading!