School and Event Visits

I love meeting students and discussing my books and writing. I have experience as a secondary school English and writing teacher, as well as a professional editor and journalist. I have presented at elementary, middle and high schools across the country and around the world. My books are also great read-aloud and teaching tools. Check out the educator’s page for teacher’s guides including Louise El Yaafouri and Kirsten Cappy’s comprehensive chapter-by-chapter guide that will walk you through every aspect of teaching Nowhere Boy.

My Nowhere Boy presentation covers the real-life inspiration for the book, the Refugee Crisis and World War II, and my writing process, among other topics. It’s tailored for grades 5-8 and I have presented it both in-person and virtually. I prefer to present to students who are currently reading or have read one of my books. I can also talk more generally about writing both to children and adults, and have done interactive Q&A style sessions with classes and book clubs.

I have presented at numerous conferences and book festivals including the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE); Los Angeles Times Festival of Books; Miami Book Festival; AJC Decatur Book Festival; Tweens Read (Houston, TX); All Pikes Peak Read (Colorado Springs, CO); Harbor Springs Festival of the Book (Harbor Springs; MI) BYU Books for Young Readers Symposium (Provo, UT); and Gaithersburg Book Festival.

If you are interested in a school visit, Q&A session, book festival, conference or other speaking event, please contact for my rates (discounts available for Title 1 schools) and availability.