Visiting Author for Schools: Jodi Kendall
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Friday, October 27 (Jodi will visit two schools: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Only the morning slot is available.)
ABOUT JODI KENDALL
Jodi Kendall grew up in the Midwest with her family of seven, and a household of countless pets including hamsters, ducks, dogs, rabbits, an iguana, and yes…even a farm pig! As a freelance writer for a variety of clients including the National Geographic Channel, Jodi once followed a secret nighttime transport of a manta ray over state lines, swam with seven species of sharks, got up close and personal with venomous snakes, and motored through a saltwater crocodile breeding ground. These days, you can find Jodi typing away at home in New York City, where she’s still an animal lover at heart. Jodi holds an MFA from The University of Arizona and is an active member of SCBWI. The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City is her first novel.
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City
This delightful middle grade novel is a modern-day homage to Charlotte's Web, perfect for fans of Katherine Applegate and Cammie McGovern.
"We fell in love with The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City. No matter how big she gets, there's always room for Hamlet in our hearts." -- Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter, New York Times bestselling co-authors of Esther the Wonder Pig
A little pig in a big city leads to lots of trouble. Josie Shilling's family is too big, their cramped city house is too small, and she feels like no one's ever on her side. Then, on Thanksgiving Day, her older brother, Tom, brings home a pink, squirmy bundle wrapped in an old football jersey--a piglet he rescued from a nearby farm. Her name is Hamlet. The minute Josie holds Hamlet, she feels an instant connection. But there's no room for Hamlet in the crowded Shilling household. And whoever heard of keeping a pig in the city? So it's up to Josie to find her a forever home. The Unlikely Story of a Pig in the City is a heartwarming tale of family, belonging, and growing bigger when you've always felt small.
★ “The tone and characters are reminiscent of classics... A charming tale, ideal for fans of Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks...” — School Library Journal
★ “Heartwarming and satisfying.” — Booklist
★ "With echoes of CHARLOTTE’S WEB, Kendall’s sweet story of family, friendship, and growing pains should charm a broad range of readers.” — Publisher’s Weekly
★ “We fell in love with THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY! Jodi Kendall has written a charming book with powerful lessons about family and animal welfare. No matter how big she gets, there’s always room for Hamlet in our hearts. ” — Steve Jenkins & Derek Walter, New York Times Bestselling authors of ESTHER THE WONDER PIG
★ “Jodi Kendall’s utterly charming, heartfelt story of the unlikely bond between a girl and a pig just goes to show that sometimes it takes a little pig with a big heart to bring a family together again. Move over Wilbur, there’s a new pig in town!” — Bobbie Pyron, critically-acclaimed author of A DOG’S WAY HOME
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
45-60 minute presetnation; for full details, please visit: www.jodikendall.com/speaking/
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary; grades 3-5
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
20-35 for each presentation.
Projector, projector screen, sound for PowerPoint (there are multi-media videos). Jodi brings her our MacBook laptop. And a bottle of water.
PROMOTING & PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Promoting and preparing for the author's school visit is the most important ingredients for a successful, educational, and fun event. Please be sure to carefuly read: What an Author Visit is All About.
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. Books will be available for sale at the school about a week before the event and about a week after the event. An online ordering option is available (see below).
ONLINE ORDERING LINK
Link to share with students and their families to order Jodi's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-jodi-kendall 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.