Visiting Author for Schools: Benjamin Ludwig
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
MOST LIKELY: Friday, February 9, 2018 (Benjamin will visit two schools: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please indicate your preference.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Benjamin Ludwig is a life-long teacher of English and writing. As a classroom teacher, he met many students who were in foster care. Moved by their experiences, he became a foster parent himself, and in 2009 adopted a teenager with autism and developmental disabilities. It was through his experiences caring for his daughter that he gained the insight and inspiration to write his debut novel, Ginny Moon.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Ginny Moon
Full of great big heart and unexpected humor, Ludwig's debut introduces the lovable, wholly original Ginny Moon who discovers a new meaning of family on her unconventional journey home. Ginny Moon is exceptional. Everyone knows it--her friends at school, teammates on the basketball team, and especially her new adoptive parents. They all love her, even if they don't quite understand her. They want her to feel like she belongs. What they don't know is that Ginny has no intention of belonging. She's found her birth-mother on Facebook, and is determined to get back to her--even if it means going back to a place that was extremely dangerous. Because Ginny left something behind and she's desperate to get it back, to make things right. But no one listens. No one understands. So Ginny takes matters into her own hands... Benjamin Ludwig's whip-smart, unforgettable novel is an illuminating look at one girl's journey to find her way home and one of the freshest debuts in years.
PRAISE for Ginny Moon
“A brilliant debut." -- Graeme Simsion, New York Times bestselling author of The Rosie Project"
A heartwarming and unforgettable page-turner." -- Booklist, starred review
“A powerful affirmation of the fragility and strength of families." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
“At once captivating and heart-wrenching.... Ginny's is a unique and compelling voice.... Ginny Moon is original, revealing and timely. And, with any luck, it will spark much-needed conversations around foster care, adoption and autism. " -- Toronto Star
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Benjamin offers two presentation topics. PLEASE PICK ONLY ONE.
Do the Crazy Thing (for up to 200 students, grades 7-12, 60 minutes)
Sometimes in our lives we find ourselves doing something a little bit unexpected, like spontaneously moving to Alaska, or adopting a teenager with special needs. But that’s precisely how stories start – at the moment when everything changes. This same concept, which certainly applies to narratives, is also a key to increasing reading comprehension, and to writing expository and persuasive essays.
Hook, Line, and Sinker (for up to 200 students, grades 7-12, 60 minutes)
When he was in third grade, Benjamin wanted to impress a certain girl, so he started reading the same book she was reading, and ended up falling in love with the book instead. Completely hooked on books, he later decided to become an English teacher, thinking it would give him time to read and write. Now that he writes full-time, he is eager to begin teaching again. In this talk, he discusses how love is a form of curiosity, and how the past can weave us back into ourselves, helping us to remember who we truly are.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Middle School and High School; grades 7-12
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Up to 200 students.
TBD And a bottle of water.
Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees.
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Benjamin's book: TBD Please make sure anyone ordering online includes the name of your school in the Notes section of the order and if they'd like to pick up the book from you at the school. Please DO NOT give a book to someone who says they ordered online unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email me the name of the student and parent's name and I can check.