DATE OF SCHOOL VISIT
Monday, February 13, 2017 (Aimée will visit two schools; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.)
WHY HOST AIMÉE? The Simon Thorn series is Aimée's first foray into middle-grade fiction! It's perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull, with lots of action and adventure. There's even an Animalgam Kingdom Quiz!
ABOUT THE BOOK: Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit
Simon Thorn only recently discovered that he’s an Animalgam--one of a secret race who can shift into animals. Now, for the first time in his life, Simon has real friends to train and study with at the secret Animalgam Academy. The only missing part is his mother, held captive by his evil grandfather, Orion, who's bent on taking over the animal world. To rescue his mom, Simon must head cross-country with his friends, battling rogue Animalgams and their own doubts and torn loyalties along the way. But if Simon’s going to succeed, he will need to keep Orion from gathering together the fragments of a terrible weapon, or the lives of everyone Simon loves will be at risk.
“Torn loyalties, talking animals, and a cleverly re-imagined New York—the twists and turns of Simon Thorn kept me on my toes and wanting more.” — Jodi Lynn Anderson, New York Times bestselling author
“Carter unveils a magical world full of amazement and adventure . . . A thrill from start to finish.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Unique. . . unpredictable and entertaining. This title is likely to be popular with a whole zoo full of readers.” — SLJ
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aimée Carter is the author of Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den and Simon Thorn and the Viper's Pit , as well as two YA series, The Blackcoat Rebellion series (Pawn and Captive) and the Goddess series (The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted, The Goddess Legacy, and The Goddess Inheritance), which was a 2013 Cybils nominee. She started writing fan fiction at eleven, began her first original story four years later, and hasn’t stopped writing since. Besides writing and reading, she enjoys seeing movies, playing with her puppies, and wrestling with the puzzles in the paper each morning. Visit her online at www.aimeecarter.com and on Twitter at @aimee_carter.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
45 minutes. Aimée's presentation is an introduction to the world of Animalgams, helping students figure out which Animalgam kingdom they belong in, a slideshow of the different covers and what goes into choosing one, what it takes to write a book (She always emphasizes how important perseverance is, not just in writing, but in all facets of life), and of course talking about topics such as bullying, loneliness, feeling like you don't belong, etc. All themes that run through the series that can be turned into a "teachable" moment without lecturing or making the kids yawn.
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
Elementary, grades 3-6
DESIRED # OF STUDENTS
At least 100 students. The more the better!
Laptop/computer with PowerPoint, 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.