Visiting Author for Schools: Kevin Emerson
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
A Wednesday preferable, but Thursday works, too, in October (Kevin will visit two schools: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please provide your preference.)
ABOUT KEVIN EMERSON
Kevin Emerson is the author of sixteen novels for children and young adults, most recently Last Day on Mars, Breakout, and the Atlanteans series. His books have been published in ten different countries. Formerly a science teacher and a creative writing teacher, Kevin is also a singer and drummer. He has won a spelling bee, lost a beauty pageant, and once appeared in a Swedish TV commercial.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Last Day on Mars
It is Earth year 2213—but, of course, there is no Earth anymore. Not since it was burned to a cinder by the sun, which has mysteriously begun the process of going supernova. The human race has fled to Mars, but this was only a temporary solution while we have prepared for a second trip: a one-hundred-fifty-year journey to a distant star, our best guess at where we might find a new home. Liam Saunders-Chang is one of the last humans left on Mars. The son of two scientists who have been racing against time to create technology vital to humanity’s survival, Liam, along with his friend Phoebe, will be on the last starliner to depart before Mars, like Earth before it, is destroyed. Or so he thinks. Because before this day is over, Liam and Phoebe will make a series of profound discoveries about the nature of time and space and find out that the human race is just one of many in our universe locked in a dangerous struggle for survival.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
45-60 minute high-energy, dynamic presentation focusing on the science of Mars and space travel (Kevin is a former science teacher and his talk is fun and funny, and can be tailored to grades 3-7), his journey following his dream of becoming an author, including the difficulties he had in school and with confidence, and of course a bit about the plot of the book, with a short reading, and Q&A, too.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary; grades 3-6
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Kevin prefers large groups, so the more the better!
Projector, projector screen, microphone preferred if group is larger than 200 or so. 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 Kevin's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-kevin-emerson 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.