School Visits

I love meeting students and discussing my books. I have experience as a secondary school English and writing teacher, as well as a professional editor and journalist. My books are also great read aloud and teaching tools. Check out the educator’s page for teacher’s guides.

I have presented at elementary, middle and high schools across the country. If you are interested, please read the following guidelines before contacting me:

Rates for the 2020-2021 school year:


  • $1500/ day plus travel and lodging expenses for out of town schools.
  • $1200/ day for local schools.

These rates cover a full-day visit with up to three presentations, as well as book signing and lunch with students. I do not do half-day visits. Please note that at this time I am holding off on scheduling  in-person visits but I am still scheduling virtual visits–see below.

My current presentation on NOWHERE BOY is tailored for 5th through 10th grades (it’s a particularly nice complement to the 8th grade common core refugee unit). I will discuss the real history and events that inspired the book–including the Refugee Crisis, World War II and the Holocaust, and my family’s experience living in Belgium–as well as heroism/ compassion and the writing process.

I have a preference for visiting schools where students have read or are currently reading Nowhere Boy. Why? The kids are so much more excited when they are acquainted with the book! For out-of-town schools, I give discounts to a limited number of Title 1 schools. I also give priority and a free signed book to out-of-town schools that partner with Title 1 local schools for a visit.


For the 2020-2021 school year, I am offering 45-50 minute private online classroom sessions for grades 5-8. This will include a 20-25 minute presentation on Nowhere Boy and my writing process, followed by 15-20 minutes of Q&A. If your class is reading another of my books, I can adapt the presentation to that book. Cost $400. Discounts available for Title 1 schools. Discounts also available for schools that request multiple sessions. Please contact me directly for details and availability.