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.

On January 17, 2023, my new middle-grade novel, The Lost Year, which is inspired by some of my own family history, will be published. This is my most teachable book yet, giving 10-14 year-old readers a sense of Ukrainian history that ties to current events. As a journalist, I also fashioned this story to help educators teach kids about media literacy and disinformation. In addition, the book helps middle-grade readers grapple with the fallout of the covid pandemic. Finally, it even includes a writing lesson. In 2023, I will primarily be doing school visits and other events for The Lost Year. Stay tuned for my multi-city tour schedule.

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.