Visiting Author for Schools: Kevin Emerson
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Kevin will visit Denver either for 1-2 days in March OR 1-2 days in May. (Kevin's visit to Denver will need to include a Wednesday: either arrive in time for a Tuesday afternoon school visit AND two schools on Wednesday -- OR -- two school visits on Wednesday and one on Thursday morning. Please indicate your preference for both the date and the morning/afternoon.)
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: The Oceans Between Stars
It is Earth year 2223, but the Earth, along with the entire solar system, is gone. Liam and Phoebe, having barely escaped our exploding sun with their lives, are in stasis for the decade-long journey to the rogue planet Delphi, where they hope to meet up with the rest of the human refugees, find help for their injured parents, and pass along the devastating things they discovered on Mars: that someone destroyed their world intentionally, and that that someone might still be after them, trying to finish the job. Phoebe is carrying her own dark secret. One that finds her waking up secretly at various points in their journey, changing their path through space. One that will decide the fate of the human race, and many more besides. One that, very soon, she must reveal to Liam, whether he's ready for the truth or not. The second volume in Kevin Emerson's thrilling sci-fi epic is a bold and terrifying quest into the outer reaches of time and space--one that will change our heroes, and their friendship, forever.
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.
Praise for Last Day on Mars
"Thrillingly ambitious and imaginative." -- Soman Chainani, bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil
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.