Visiting Author for Schools: Jen Calonita

Jen Calonita

One day during the week of March 6, 2017 (The publisher is deciding.) (Jen will visit two schools each day; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.) 

Jen Calonita

Jen has published more than a dozen novels which have been translated into nine languages, and she is the recipient of the Louisiana Young Readers Award. Her Fairy Tale Reform School series, includes Flunked and Charmed, and now Tricked. Her VIP series includes VIP: I'm with the Band, which follows Mackenzie Lowell on the road with her favorite boy band, and VIP: Battle of the Bands. When Jen isn’t plotting, she lives in New York with her husband, two sons, and their feisty Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow. Visit Jen at

ABOUT THE BOOK: Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3)
Things are changing at Fairy Tale Reform School. At least, that’s what Gilly’s heard through the Enchantasia rumor mill. Word is, notorious trickster Rumpelstiltskin has taken over management from Headmistress Flora, and he’s locked down the school tighter than the Pied Piper’s pants. Not that this news concerns Gilly. She’s been released from FTRS and is now attending Jack of All Trades School, where she gets to learn about different kinds of shoe leather and ways to measure feet. Truly riveting stuff. But when Gilly’s little sister Anna gets whisked off to FTRS thanks to her troublemaking new friends, Hansel and Gretel, Gilly knows she’s got to get Anna out of there. There’s only one thing to do; make some serious trouble and get thrown back into FTRS. It’s time to out-trick a trickster.

Read an Excerpt from the new book, Tricked!

There's even an Activity Kit!

Praise for the Fairy Tale Reform School series

“Another winner from Jen Calonita. Charming fairy-tale fun.” — Sarah Mlynowski, author of the New York Times bestselling Whatever After series

Fairy Tale Reform School is spellbinding and wickedly clever. Gilly is smart, spunky, and a hilarious narrator, and I cannot wait to read about her next adventure!” — Leslie Margolis, author of the Annabelle Unleashed novels and the Maggie Brooklyn mysteries.

Fairy Tale Reform School is a fresh and funny take on the enchanted world. (And who hasn’t always wanted to know what happened to Cinderella’s stepmother?)” — Julia DeVillers, author of the Trading Faces identical twin series and Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker

“Gilly’s plucky spirit and determination to oust the culprit will make Flunked a popular choice for tweens.” — School Library Journal

“There’s much to amuse and entertain fans of classic tales with a twist.” — Booklist

40-minute PowerPoint presentation, plus 15-minute Q&A. Jen talks about her journey to become a published author in addition to the publishing process, touching on writer’s block, cover design, and the editing process. 

Elementary School, grades 3-6

200+ students

Jen brings a PowerPoint presentation on a flashdrive, so would need a computer, projector, projection screen and a micrphone. 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. 

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


“When Jen Calonita came to Russell Sage JHS, the students were mesmerized by her kind heart and funny personality. She touched the hearts of kids who never met an author before. The sixth graders loved her so much, they keep on asking for her to come back and visit.” — Jackie Datorre, Russell Sage Junior High School, Forest Hills, NY

“Jen’s presentation was engaging from the very start. While schools teach reading and writing, it is not the same when you read and write for the pure joy of it. Jen portrayed that message in her entire talk without actually spelling it out that way. At the end, the kids asked some insightful questions and many of them left with a newfound love of reading and writing.” — Joy Adamonis, parent and PTO advisor, Sherman Elementary School, Warwick, RI

“I don’t know who was more mesmerized by her stories, the kids or the teachers! Afterward, I heard the teachers and the principal praise Jen both for her ability to keep the kids enthralled as well as her ability to elicit such great questions from the kids. Everyone in attendance left wanting to grab one of Jen’s books and start reading!” — Maria Small, PARP (Parents as Reading Partners) co-chair, Old Mill Road Elementary School, North Merrick, NY

“Jen was delightful and quick to engage with our third- and fourth-grade students. The personal anecdotes she shared on her journey to becoming an author were such “aha” moments for our students and their teachers. The visit from Jen was inspiring to our student writers, and they were still talking about her a long time after!” — Christy Yaffe, reading specialist, Lower School for Girls, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA

“Jen Calonita’s visit was engaging and fun. The students were hanging on her every word! My students really enjoyed reading Flunked and can’t wait for the next book!” — Michelle Burns, Lower School librarian, Agnes Irwin School, Bryn Mawr, PA

“There’s a world of experience that she brings with her, and her lessons were practical about reading and writing. We have a character theme each month, and this month it’s perseverance, and I think she spoke to that perfectly with overcoming her struggles to be a writer.” — Principal Coffey, Holliman Elementary School, Warwick, RI


Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492637950
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - March 7th, 2017

Charmed (Fairy Tale Reform School #2) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492635932
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - February 7th, 2017

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492620815
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Young Readers - February 2nd, 2016

VIP: I'm With the Band Cover Image
By Jen Calonita, Kristen Gudsnuk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316259736
Availability: Available to Order - Usually Arrives in Our Store in 4 to 7 Days
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 12th, 2016

VIP: Battle of the Bands Cover Image
By Jen Calonita, Kristen Gudsnuk (By (artist))
Please email or write store for pricing and availability information.
ISBN: 9780316259774
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 26th, 2016