Visiting Author for Schools: Tracey Hecht
DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12: (Tracey will visit one school on each day. Please provide your preference.)
WHY HOST TRACEY?
Last spring, in partnership with the New York Public Library, Tracey Hecht created a Read Aloud Writing Program in 10 schools around New York City. During the year, we continued to conduct this program in over 35 schools, libraries and bookstores across the country in CA, CT, CO, DC, IL, NJ, NY, OH, OR, TN, UT and WI. In June, we launched our partnership with The Ryan Seacrest Foundation with The Nocturnals program at the broadcast media centers within pediatric hospitals. The first hospital was the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC.
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ABOUT Tracey Hecht
Tracey is a writer and entrepreneur who has written, directed and produced for film. Tracey currently splits her time between New York City and Oquossoc, Maine with her husband, four children and three pets—none of which are a sugar glider.
ABOUT THE BOOKS
"The characters are delightful and the nighttime landscape is captivating. It was just as I expected--because the best stories always take place in the dark " -- R.L. Stine
In the first book of the critically-acclaimed middle grade series, The Nocturnals, we meet three unlikely friends: Dawn, a serious fox; Tobin, a sweet pangolin; and Bismark, the loud mouthed, pint-sized sugar glider. Discover the friendships, teamwork, and humor, as the Nocturnal Brigade solves the unpredictable mysteries of the night. In The Mysterious Abductions, animals are disappearing without a trace. With the help of a gentle wombat, a jittery jerboa, a band of coyotes and some kooky bats, the brigade journeys to the depths of the earth where they find themselves in a wacky, high stakes game that will determine all of their survival.
Join Dawn, Bismark and Tobin as they set out to investigate the source of a violent jolt that fractures the earth Along their journey, the Nocturnal Brigade meets an unfamiliar reptile--a tuatara named Polyphema--who reveals that a giant beast caused the destruction and will soon strike again. Polyphema with her special insights, is the only one who can help the Nocturnal Brigade stop this fearsome predator... but can she be trusted? With help from an owl, the jerboas, and some kiwis, the animals set a trap since surrender is not an option against this relentless beast.
"The best stories always take place in the dark " --R.L. Stine
In The Fallen Star, the third book in the non-episodic middle grade series, The Nocturnals, the adventure of the three unlikely friends--Dawn, a serious fox, Tobin, a sweet pangolin, and Bismark, a loud-mouthed sugar glider--continue with teamwork, friendship, and humor. In The Fallen Star, Dawn, Tobin, and Bismark awaken one evening to a disaster: all of the forest's pomelos have been mysteriously poisoned As the Nocturnal Brigade sets out to investigate, they encounter Iris, a mysterious aye-aye, who claims monsters from the moon are to blame. While the three heroes suspect a more earthly explanation, the animals of the valley are all falling ill. And then Tobin gets sick, too The Nocturnal Brigade must race to find answers, and the cure, before the pomelo blight threatens to harm them all.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
The Nocturnals Read Aloud Writing Workshop usually runs about 50 minutes including 10 minutes for questions. At each event, we will send the partnering schools Brigade capes, and stickers for each student.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
They’re designed for elementary/middle school-aged children (ages 8-11).
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
At least 100 children (e.g. four 3rd grade classes).
A microphone, projector, and laptop, with clicker to advance slides, that can support a PowerPoint. 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 Tracey's books: www.tatteredcover.com/book-list-tracey-hecht 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 until I can verify it. If they do ask you for one, just email me the name of the student and parent's name and I can check.