I’d like to be the first to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. It’s time to plan for the year ahead and the joy of having an author visit your classroom provides your class with excitement and motivation. My schedule tends to fill quickly and I’m anxious to set up a date with you.

As a Michigan author and former teacher, I offer a (50-60 minute) presentation to students of grades 4-9, either in a small or large group format. My presentation covers background on the book, Between the Lines, the history of the Detroit Riots, as well as an inspirational and motivational message. I also focus on the writing process and include a lesson on whichever phase in the writing process you are currently teaching.

I have delivered my talk to over 20,000 students since March 2015. Students come away from my presentation feeling inspired to do good work, both in the classroom and in the rest of their lives. I tailor my visits to meet your students’ needs, whether it be a concentration on reading or writing, and I especially enjoy motivating and inspiring students.

As part of my desire to make the world a better place, I also ask students to join me in my Heal the Hole campaign. We all struggle with life’s troubles from time to time and I ask students to commit to five acts of kindness a day as part of this campaign. As Hattie says, “Kindness is contagious, but in a good way.”

Book Club with 5th Graders from Heritage Elementary!

Book Club with 5th Graders from Heritage Elementary!

All of my middle grade/young adult books, Between the LinesBeyond the Lines, and Broken Lines, and the newest in the series, Battle Lines, are available to schools—teachers, staff, and students for the discounted price of $12 (regular price $15). If you would like me to send you an order form for books prior, please let me know. If I receive orders in advance of my visit, I’m able to bring autographed books with me.

Between the Lines has won four awards, an Honorable Mention in the 23rd annual Writer’s Digest Middle Grade Historical Fiction, a Silver Medal Award in the 2016 IPPY Multi-cultural category, and is also the honored recipient of the Mom’s Choice Award and the 2016 Moonbeam Children’s book award! The additional books in the series address women’s rights, coming of age issues, problems in friendship, dealing with family changes and handicapping conditions. #friendshipiscolorblind

If you’d like me to visit in March as a part of March is Reading Month, please be sure to contact me ASAP and reserve your spot. Those dates go quickly.  If you have specific topics or areas of concern you’d like me to address, please let me know. I’m looking forward to another productive and inspiring year. You can reach me at for fee information and other details, or find my fee schedule and additional information about my visits in the attached information below. Simply click on the links and a full page screen will pop up with all the info!