Visiting Author for Schools: Melanie Crowder
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Early May (Melanie will visit two schools each day; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Melanie Crowder is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Audacity, A Nearer Moon and Parched, as well as the forthcoming An Uninterrupted View of the Sky and Three Pennies. The author lives with her family on Colorado’s Front Range, where she has worked as an educator for more than a decade. Melanie’s books have been awarded the Jefferson Cup, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite, and the Bulletin Blue Ribbon; they have been recognized as a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist, Colorado Book Awards Finalist, Junior Library Guild selection, YALSA Top Ten Books For Young Adults, ILA Notable Book for a Global Society, Parents’ Choice Silver Medal, BookBrowse Editor’s Choice, BookPage Top Pick, and The Washington Post Best Children’s Books for April. Her work has been listed as Best Books of the Year by Bank Street College, Kirkus Reviews, The Amelia Bloomer List, New York Public Library, Tablet Magazine, A Mighty Girl, and The Children’s Book Review. Visit her online at www.melaniecrowder.com.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Three Pennies
A girl in foster care tries to find her birth mother before she loses her forever in this spare and beautifully told novel about last chances and new opportunities.
For a kid bouncing from foster home to foster home, The Book of Changes is the perfect companion. That's why Marin carries three pennies and a pocket-sized I Ching with her everywhere she goes. Yet when everything in her life suddenly starts changing--when Marin lands in a foster home that feels like somewhere she could stay, maybe forever--the pennies don't have any answers for her.
Marin is positive that all the wrongs in her life will be made right if only she can find her birth mother and convince her that they belong together. Marin is close, oh so close--until she gets some unwelcome news and her resolve, like the uneasy Earth far beneath the city of San Francisco, is shaken.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
45 minutes, plus booksigning
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary School, grades 3-6
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
Up to 300 is fine, as long as there is approximately a 1:25 student/teacher ratio, and the teachers are engaged with their classes.
Projector, projector screen, and microphone. 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 Melanie's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-melanie-crowder Please be sure to ask them to include the name of your school in the Notes section of the order, and if they'd like to pick the book up at school, too.