Visiting Author for Schools: Estelle Laure

Estelle Laure

Spring 2017 - she's flexible (but NOT available the week of April 4) (Estelle will visit two schools; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.) 

Estelle Laure

WHY HOST ESTELLE? She's cool, charming, and was one of our authors at our Colorado Teen Book Con this past October! Estelle is self-made. Her favorite part of talking to kids is letting them know that you can come from difficult circumstances and rise above them. She likes empowering kids to make their own futures. She thinks it’s especially effective being that she's from the same general region as the students. This book will appeal to fans of Jennifer E. Smith's The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Gayle Forman's Just One Day, and Robyn Schneider's The Beginning of Everything.

ABOUT THE BOOK: But Then I Came Back 
The story of Eden Jones, a seventeen-year-old girl who feels lost after surviving a near fatal accident. Unable to connect with her family and friends, Eden forms an unlikely relationship with Joe, a boy who comes to the hospital to visit Jasmine, a friend who may soon be gone forever. Eden is the only person who can get through to Jasmine, but is she brave enough to face a world that’s bigger and more magical than she ever would have allowed? Lyrical, unexpected, and romantic, Estelle Laure’s new novel is about interwoven lives, long goodbyes, and the imperfect beauty of young love.

ABOUT THE BOOK: This Raging Light 
A funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can and will take us all by surprise. Can the best thing happen at the worst time? Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love messy, inconvenient love is what she's about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend's brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure's soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.

Staff Reviews

In This Raging Light , Lucille has to find a way to keep up on school, pay bills, look after her sister, and go to work, after her mother leaves her and her younger sister alone. And on top of all of this she falls harder in love with her best friend's brother. This Raging Light  is full of so many feelings that pull on your heartstrings. I love that this book wasn't just a love story.

— Darbi, TC Teen Advisory Board member 

This Raging Light  is an emotional rollercoaster, that you will not stop reading. You can really feel the intensity of the characters as you read.

— Abigail, TC Teen Advisory Board member

Praise for This Raging Light

"[Laure] has a raw, authentic voice and a passion for storytelling.” — Matt de la Peña, Pura Belprée honoree and award-winning YA novelist of The Living and Mexican WhiteBoy

“Her first-person narration is lyrical, akin to that of a Francesca Lia Block character, but there's an undercurrent of roughness in her voice… heartbreakingly hopeful, lyrically told..." —Kirkus

“In an assured debut, Laure gives Lucille a fierce stubbornness that keeps her going. . . The characters are well drawn, and Laure effectively depicts the adrenaline rush of love.” —Publishers Weekly

“I loved this book. I was torn between wanting to devour it in one breathless read and needing to stop and savor each gorgeous turn of phrase. This is a remarkable debut." —Morgan Matson, author of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and Since You’ve Been Gone

"This Raging Light is a funny, poetic, big-hearted reminder that life can—and will—take us all by surprise sometimes." —Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Geography of You and Me

Estelle Laure is the author of young adult novels. This Raging Light, which has been widely translated throughout the world, and the forthcoming But Then I Came Back. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, is an agency associate at Folio Literary Management, and thinks everyone should have to wait tables or work in a kitchen at least once in their lives in order to be better people. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her family, where it is easy to believe in love and magic and the power of facing hard truths, which she does. Visit Estelle at

Estelle has 3 presentations. Please choose the one that fits your school the best:

Kindness In London, I did presentations mostly for middle schools and I addressed kindness and why I felt it was important and how it relates to This Raging Light. THIS PRESENTATION IS BEST FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS and is about 30 minutes, plus time for Q&A.

Stories This presentation focuses more on me and my crazy childhood and how I came to storytelling, why I feel that reading and writing are both essential human experiences, and highlight a few non-fiction aspects of TRL and BTICB. This presentation is about 30 minutes, plus time for Q&A.

Writing Workshop I mentor kids in the writing program here, so for kids who are passionate about writing, I can do more of a writing prompt driven presentation, where I’m mostly asking questions and helping them to write. Time and length to be discussed with the schools preferences and needs.

Depends on the selected presentation, but middle schools and high schools. 8th - 12th grades.

Depends on the selected presentation. The Kindness and Stories presentations are best suited for a large, assembly-type group.

For the Kindness and Stories presentations, Estelle will need a projector, projector screen, microphone, and a bottle of water. Estelle brings her own laptop, but will need cords to connect it to the projector.

#thisraginglight and #buththenicameback

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. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Jessica's books: Please be sure to ask them to include the name of your school in the Notes section of the order.

Staff Pick Badge
This Raging Light Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544813212
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

But Then I Came Back Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544531260
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - April 4th, 2017