Visiting Authors for Schools: Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Friday, April 5th (Margaret will be visiting two schools: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Please indicate your TIME OF DAY preference: morning or afternoon.)

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm in Ohio. As an adult, Haddix worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor in Indiana before her first book, Running Out of Time, was published. She has since written more than forty books for kids and teens, including the Shadow Children series, the Missing series, the Children of Exile series, and lots of standalones. Her books have been honored with numerous state reader’s choice awards and the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award, and they’ve been translated into more than twenty languages. Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio, where they raised their two kids. You can learn more about her at

ABOUT THE BOOK: Greystone Secrets: The Strangers
What makes you you? 

The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. That changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They’re the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down. 

In this absorbing new series about family and friendships, New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix takes readers on a thrilling adventure. As twists of truth are revealed, it’s clear Mrs. Greystone is in danger, and the kids must learn to embrace their identities—flaws and all—to save her. But how can they bring their mom home when they’re not sure where home is anymore?

Approximately 30-35 minutes; will focus on the plot of the novel and themes of codebreaking. Will end with Q&A.

Upper Elementary & Middle Schools; grades 3-7

A minimum of 150 students. 

VGA or HDMI connections; microphone; projector and screen

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 Margaret's books: 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.


Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062838377
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - April 2nd, 2019