Stuff for Educators
Frostborn has been named a Staff Pick by Book Shop Santa Cruz, Books Inc., Eagle Harbor Book Co., Edmonds Bookshop, Hoover Public Library, King's English Bookshop, Mockingbird Books, Politics and Prose, Powell's, Queen's Library, North Shelby Library, Santa Clara City Library, The Springfield Missouri district library, The Waucoma Bookstore and Word Bookstores. It received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, who also selected it for the "PW Picks: Books of the Week" selection for the week of August 4th. It was the Editor's Choice of Amazon for the month of August and made io9's list of "Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books For August." Frostborn was chosen by the Bank Street College of Education as one of the Best Children's Books of the Year, Imagination Soup listed it as one of the "Best Books for 10 Year Olds," the American Booksellers Association selected it for their 2014 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog, it was a Youth Staff selection for Best Books: Elk Island Public Schools PD Day 2015, and it was nominated for the 2015-16 Beehive Book Awards, the 2016-17 Golden Sower Awards, the 2016-17 Young Hoosier Book Awards, and the 2016-17 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards. It has been praised for its portrayal of equally strong male and female characters, for its lessons on friendship, inner strength, and teamwork, for its inclusion of Norse mythology, and for its portrayal of a biracial character dealing with bullying.
Frostborn is an Accelerated Reader Book
I love talking to middle schools students and speaking at book events, and I travel all over the country to do so. I would be thrilled to visit your school, library, or event next!
HOW CAN I GET YOU TO SPEAK AT MY SCHOOL?
If you are interested in booking me for a school visit, please contact Josh Redlich at Random House Children's Books:
jredlich at penguinrandomhouse.com or write me through the contact form on this website.
HOW LONG DO YOUR PRESENTATIONS RUN?
My presentations generally last a full hour and can run longer if desired. I am happy to do more than one presentation in a day.
WILL YOU DO A WORKSHOP?
Yes. I teach a novel-writing workshop for kids. It generally runs around two hours. The workshop is geared towards plotting a story from an initial idea and uses popular movies to make it clear and fun.
WHERE DO I BUY YOUR BOOKS?
I like working with local bookstores to bring books into school events.
WILL YOU SIGN BOOKS?
Oh yes, are you kidding? Not only will I sign books, but I will stamp them with Norse runes!
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU REQUIRE FOR A SCHOOL VISIT?
I have a Powerpoint presentation full of exciting artwork and photographs. I bring my own Mac laptop, but I have a flash drive with the presentation in a variety of formats that can be played on a Mac or PC. I do require a projector and screen. Microphones are nice for large crowds, but not necessary for smaller ones. It isn't necessary to supply a Viking helmet; I bring my own.
WHAT SCHOOLS HAVE YOU VISITED?
Platt Middle School (Boulder, CO)
Harris Bilingual School (Fort Collins, CO)
Rivendell School (Fort Collins, CO)
Imagine School of Avondale (Tempe, AZ)
Dobson Montessori (Mesa, AZ)
Fairhope Intermediate School (Fairhope, AL)
J. Larry Newton School (Fairhope, AL)
Our Lady of Sorrows (Birmingham, AL)
Creative Montessori (Birmingham, AL)
Vickery Creek Middle School (Cumming, GA)
Clarke Middle School (Athens, GA)
Double Helix STEAM Academy (Athens, GA)
South Houston High School (Houston, TX)
(for Tweens Read Festival 14)
Hilltop Montessori (Birmingham, AL)
Randolph School (Huntsville, AL)
Oak Mountain Middle School (Birmingham, AL)
Malachi Wilkerson Middle School (Birmingham, AL)
The Altamont School (Birmingham, AL)
Saint Rose Academy (Birmingham, AL)
Garza-Pena Elementary School ( San Juan, TX)
PSJA Southwest, Early College High School (Pharr, TX)
Clover Elementary (San Juan, TX)
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, (Pharr, TX)
PSJA North, Early College High School (Pharr, TX)
Kelly-Pharr Elementary (Pharr, TX)
Reynaldo G. Garza Elementary School (McAllen, TX)
Alamo Middle School (Alamo, TX)
Cantu Elementary School (Alton, TX)
The Capitol School (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Madison Middle School (Madison, TN)
Wright Middle School (Nashville, TN)
Liberty Park Middle School (Vestavia Hills, AL)
Riverchase Middle School (Birmingham, AL)
Berry Middle School (Hoover, AL)
Vestavia Hills Elementary Central (Vestavia Hills, AL)
Fort Daniel Elementary School (Dacula, GA)
Dacula Elementary School (Dacula, GA)
Fultondale Elementary School (Fultondale, AL)
Mountain Brook Junior High (Birmingham, AL)
Mulberry Elementary School (Auburn, GA)
Jeff State Community College (Birmingham, AL)
Challenger Middle School (Huntsville, AL)
Hector P. Garcia Middle School (San Antonio, TX)
San Antonio Academy (San Antonio, TX)
Keystone School (San Antonio, TX)
Highlands School (Birmingham, AL)
Cliff Valley School (Atlanta, GA)
Doniphan-Trumbull Elementary School Skype visit (Doniphan, NE)
Hastings Middle School Skype visit (Hastings, NE)
Lothrop Science and Technology Magnet Center, Crestridge International Studies and Dual Language School, and Prairie Wind Elementary School Skye visit (Omaha, NE)
Greystone Elementary School (Birmingham, AL)
Creekside Intermediate School Skype visit (Dexter, MI)