Visiting Author for Schools: Sonja K Solter

Sonja K. Solter

Date TBD by publisher. (Please indicate whether your school would prefer a morning or afternoon author visit.

*PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the age level, interest, and needs for each school, Sonja is available for a craft-focused visit on writing emotions, or for a visit focused on the topic of sexual abuse as part of a team approach. Please note that though this book tackles a difficult topic, there is no graphic content in this book.


Sonja K. Solter graduated from Stanford University and earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University, with a critical thesis on writing trauma in middle grade and young adult realistic fiction. She is currently a creative writing mentor to youth with the Society of Young Inklings and enjoys writing poetry and prose for children of all ages. When You Know What I Know is her debut novel. Sonja lives with her husband and two children in Louisville, CO.

ABOUT THE BOOKWhen You Know What I Know 

A sensitive, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful novel in verse about one girl's journey in the aftermath of abuse. One day after school, on the couch in the basement, Tori's uncle did something bad. Afterward, Tori tells her mom. Even though telling was a brave thing to do, her mom still doesn't believe her at first. Her grandma still takes his side. And Tori doesn't want anyone else -- even her best friend -- to know what happened. Now Tori finds herself battling mixed emotions -- anger, shame, and sadness -- as she deals with the trauma. But with the help of her mom, her little sister, her best friend, and others, can Tori find a way to have the last word? From debut author Sonja K. Solter comes a heartbreaking yet powerful novel that will strike a chord with readers of Jacqueline Woodson and Tony Abbott.

All presentations are one hour long and include Q&A.


  • Auditorium presentation on empathy 
  • Auditorium presentation on taboo topics
  • Workshop on writing emotions for a smaller group (can be combined classes, up to about 60 students, with some flexibility on that number)
  • Auditorium presentation on advocacy for sexual abuse survivors

Upper Elemenray & Middle School, grades 5-8


For the auditorium presentations: As many as possible!

For the workshop: Up to about 60 (with some flexibility on that number)


For the auditorium presentations, she would need a microphone, screen, projector, and either a laptop or a way to connect to her own laptop. And a bottle of water.

For the workshop, she would only need a microphone. And a bottle of water.

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. 

Link to share with students and their families to order Sonja's book:

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 unless they have the printed confirmation. PLEASE KEEP THIS! You'll need to include these confirmations when returning the leftover books so you won't be charged for them! If they do ask you for a book without a confirmation, just email us the name of the student and parent's name and we can check. DEADLINE: Online orders with SCHOOL PICK UP will only be available for one week after the school visit. Orders placed after that time will need to be picked up at one of our locations, or shipped.


When You Know What I Know Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316535441
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2020