2018-19 School Year

Sept. 7:                Radnor MS, PA

Sept 21:               Whitehall-Coplay MS, PA

Sept. 25:              St. Joseph the Worker School, PA

Sept. 28:              Moravian Academy, PA

Oct. 2-4:              Fairfield, CT middle schools

Oct. 5:                 Middlebrook School, CT

Oct. 15:                PA Library Association Carolyn W. Field Award luncheon keynote, Harrisburg, PA

Oct. 19:                Exeter Twp. JHS, PA

Oct. 24&25:        Community School of Naples, FL

Dec. 3:                Washington JHS, Naperville, IL

Dec. 4:                Rotolo MS & Monroe MS, IL

Dec. 5:                Murphy JHS, IL

Dec. 6:                 Oak Grove School, IL

Dec. 7:                  Palombi MS, IL

Dec. 10:               Martha Brown MS, NY

Dec. 11:                Barker Road MS, NY

Dec. 12:                Calkins Road MS, NY

Dec. 14:                Arcola Intermediate School, PA

Jan. 10:                Kuser Elementary School, NJ

Jan. 31:                Bronx Prep HS, NY

Feb. 5:                  Phillipsburg Elementary School, NJ

Feb. 8:                 Mount Pleasant and Heritage MSs, NJ

Feb. 26:               Northwestern Lehigh MS, PA

Feb. 28:               Charles Boehm MS, PA

Mar. 11:                Shady Side Academy Middle School, PA

Mar. 12/13:         Three North Allegheny School District middle schools

Mar. 15:               Virginia State Reading Association conference, Norfolk, VA

Mar. 18:               Oxford Central School, NJ

Mar. 19:                E.T. Richardson MS, PA

Mar. 22:                York Suburban MS, PA

Mar. 25-26:         Lower Macungie MS, PA

Apr. 4-5:               SOMIRAC conference keynote, MD

Apr. 23:                Pennridge South MS, PA

Apr. 29:                Dieterich Community School District, IL

Apr. 30,

May 1-2:               Robinson CUSD, IL

May 7:                   Big Spring MS, PA

May 15-16:            Donegal MS, PA

May 21:                  Readington MS, NJ

May 28& 30:          Orefield MS, PA

May 29:                 Springhouse MS, PA



Completed visits


January 9: KidsPeace School, Bethlehem, PA

February 4: Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA

February 7: Richboro Middle School, PA

February 12: Haworth Public School, NJ

February 29: DeSales University, PA

March 6: Woodglen Middle School, NJ

March 12-13: Middle Schools in Maryland

March 17-19: Middle schools in Maryland

March 31-April 1: Wissahickon Middle School, Ambler, PA

April 4: Evening event, Kutztown University, PA

April 11-13: Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators

Retreat, Pocono Mountains, PA

April 15-18: Texas Library Association Conference

April 16: Colleyville Middle School, Dallas area

April 21, 24: Orefield Middle School, PA

April 26: Chicago Public Schools reading event, IL

April 29: Greenwich Country Day School, CT

April 30: Friends Academy, Locust Valley, NY

May 1: Springhouse Middle School, PA

May 12: Colonial Middle School, Plymouth Meeting, PA

May 15-22: DODGER AND ME release tour: IL, CO, WA, CA

May 22, 7 PM: Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

May 29-June 1: Book Expo America, Los Angeles, CA

June 24: Three Maryland/PA libraries in one day! Crazy, huh?

June 26: King’s College Reading Conference, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Sept. 15-16: Wharton Public School, NJ

Sept 29-Oct 1: Library and school visits in Cleveland, OH

Oct. 4: Minnesota Educational Media Organization conference, keynote

Oct. 12 – 17: School visits, Bellaire and Pasadena, TX

Oct 23: Keynote speech, Michigan Library Association

Oct. 29-30: Fieldstone Middle School, NJ

Nov. 6-8: Illinois School Library Media Association (accepting state-wide book award!!!)

Dec. 3-4: Bucknell University lecture and local middle school visit, PA

Dec. 8-11: Sarasota, FL public schools


Jan. 14: Park Middle School, NJ

Jan. 15: Harding Twp. School, NJ

Jan, 21: Perkiomen School, PA

Feb. 2 & 5: Perkiomen Valley East and West Middle Schools, PA

Feb. 12: Byram Intermediate School, NJ

March 6: Lazar Middle School, Montville, NJ

March 10-11: Detroit area schools

March 15-20: Mini-tour in Holland, sponsored by my excellent Dutch publisher, Lemniscaat

March 23-27: Milwaukee and Chicago school visits

April 3-4: Colorado Teen Literature Conference morning keynote, Denver

April 15-17: Orefield Middle School, PA

April 20-24: Monocacy Middle School, MD + others TBA

April 27: Afternoon visit at Hanover Elementary School, PA

April 27: 8 PM signing at Barnes & Noble, Wyomissing, PA

May 3-5: International Reading Ass’n Conference, Minneapolis, MN

May 13: Brandywine Heights Middle School, PA

May 18: Cold Spring Elementary School, Doylestown, PA

May 19: Arcola Intermediate School, Eagleville, PA

May 21: Valley View Middle School, Denville, NJ

May 29: Bedminster School, NJ

Sept. 14-18: Dallas-area middle schools, TX

October 15: Lakelands Park Middle School, MD

October 16: Maryland Assn. of School Librarians, keynote

October 25-28: Keystone State Reading Assn., PA

Nov. 4: East Hills Middle School, PA writing program

Nov. 9-11: School visits, York and Mechanicsville, PA (Shallow Brook Intermediate, Spring Forge Intermediate, Eagle View Middle)

Nov. 20: National Council of Teachers of English Conference, three signings in one day!

Nov. 30: Owen J. Roberts Middle School, Pottstown, PA

Dec. 1-2: Glenwood Middle School, MD

Dec. 8: Henry Carter Hull Library & Jared Eliot Middle School, CT

Dec. 9: Scarsdale Middle School, Scarsdale, NY


Jan. 14: Cedarbrook MS, Wyncote, PA

Feb. 3: NYC reading with other authors: 6-7:30 PM, Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, 425 6th Ave, at 10th St.

Feb. 20: Anderson’s Bookshops Children’s Literature Breakfast, Naperville, IL

March 1: Lower Macungie MS, PA

March 2: Bangor Middle School, PA

March 3: Evening event at Emmaus Public Library, PA

March 9: Garnet Valley MS, Glen Mills, PA

March 10: Springton Lake MS, PA

March 11: E.T. Richardson MS, PA

March 12: Paxon Hollow MS, Broomall, PA

March 15: Stewartsville MS, NJ

March 16 (AM): Blessed Sacrament School, Staten Island, NY

March 16 (noonish):  Staten Island Historical Society Literacy Luncheon, NYC (Back in my hometown — yeah!)

March 22: Conrad Weiser MS, Robesonia, PA

March 26-27: Greater Lehigh Valley Writers’ Group conference, PA

March 31: Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, PA

April 10: PAWLP Conference, Bucks County, PA

April 14, 15 & 19: Orefield Middle School, PA

April 16: Pennsylvania School Library Assn conference, accepting the PSLA Young Readers’ Choice Award

April 23-24: Keynote speech & workshops, Harding Univ. Author Series, Arkansas

April 25-28: International Reading Assn conference, Chicago, IL

May 4: New Hope-Solebury MS

May 17: Brooks MS, Bolingbrook, IL

May 18: Benjamin MS, IL

May 19: Fairview Elementary/Plum Grove JHS, IL

May 20: Martino JHS and Liberty JHS, IL

May 21: Millburn MS, IL, with my good friends from Anderson’s Bookshops!!!

May 25: Pottsgrove MS, PA

May 27: Sussex MS, NJ

June 1: Tenakill MS, NJ

August 31:            Hanover Area School District teacher inservice, keynote speech: Let Your Students Inspire You!

September 27:     Morning Skype visit with Browns River Middle School in Jericho, Vermont

Evening Skype visit with graduate class, Harding University, Arkansas

October 6-7:         Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ

October 15:           Abington Friends School, PA

October 18-21:     Klein ISD school visits, TX

November 3:         Two middle schools in DE, for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

November 8:         East Hills Middle School, Bethlehem, PA

November 15:       Marticville Middle School, PA

November 16:       Manor Middle School, PA

November 17:       Garden Spot Middle School, PA

December 3:          New Jersey Association of School Librarians conference, Authors’ Alley

December 8:          Richboro Middle School, PA

December TBA:    School visit, Hanover Area School District, PA


January 17-19:     International Schools of Zurich and Zug-Luzern, Switzerland

February 3-4:        International Reading Association conference, Colorado chapter

February 9-10:      Wissahickon Middle School, PA

February 22:         Evening library visit, Evanston, IL

February 23-25:   Middle schools, Chicago area, IL

March 2:                E. T. Richardson Middle School, PA

March 3:                Friends Central School, PA

March 4:                Kennett Square MS, PA

March 8-9:           Newtown Middle School, PA

March 21-22:       Randolph Middle School, NJ

March 28:             Two schools in Bethlehem Township, NJ (The whole district is reading my books!)

March 30-31:       Harding Township School, NJ

April 4-7:              Middle Schools in Research Triangle area, NC

April 12-15:          Texas Library Association conference, Austin, TX

May 5-6:               Middle Schools, Chicago area

May 7:                   Supersibs! conference keynote, IL

May 10-12:           Middle Schools in Montgomery County, MD

May 16:                  Wyoming Valley West Middle School, PA

June 2:                   Luncheon Keynote, Staten Island Mental Health Society Literacy Volunteers (So cool: my Mom will be there!)

June 21:                Judson University literacy conference, IL



2011-12 School Year


Sept. 9: Alfred G. Waters Middle School, DE


Oct. 3: Barrington Middle School, Station Campus, IL


Oct. 4: Barrington Middle School, Prairie Campus, IL


Oct. 5: Fremont Middle School, IL


Oct. 6: Meridian MS, IL


Oct. 7: Marie Murphy School, IL


Oct. 13 & 14: Holmdel, NJ schools


Nov. 2 & 3: Pennridge North MS, PA


Nov. 17: Timber Ridge MS, IL


Nov. 18: Lincoln MS, IL


Nov. 19-21: National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN — accepting Amelia Elizabeth Walden Honor for After Ever After!!!


Dec. 12-15: Middle Schools in Frisco, TX in conjunction with the amazing annual Frisco Reads event


Dec. 20: Schuylkill Valley MS, PA


Jan. 20-21: American Library Association Midwinter Conference, Dallas, TX


Jan. 23-24: Middle Schools in Frisco, TX in conjunction with the amazing annual Frisco Reads event


Feb. 8&9: Perkiomen Valley Middle School East (8) and West (9), PA


Feb. 23: John Griffin MS, Fayetteville, NC


Feb. 24: East Cary MS, NC


Mar. 6: E.T. Richardson MS, PA


Mar. 7: Phoenixville Area MS, PA


Mar. 21: Eric Smith School, NJ


Apr. 5: Kenneth R. Olson MS, NJ


Apr. 26: (tentative) 2 schools in Elizabethville, PA


Apr. 27: Wilson West and Wilson Southern Middle Schools, PA


May 2: Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, PA


May 3 & 4: Fred S. Engle MS, PA


May 7-11: Middle Schools in Round Rock ISD, TX

July 18: 2 PM – Gettysburg Public Library, summer reading culmination event

August 18: 7 PM – Towne Book Center & Cafe, discussion and signing at this awesome indie shop


2012-13 School Year

Sept. 18:                  Moravian Academy, Bethlehem, PA

Sept. 19-20:            Bucknell University, PA

Oct. 2:                      Somers Middle School, NY

Oct. 3:                      Middle School of Plainville, CT

Oct. 4:                      Avon Middle School, CT

Oct. 5:                      Thompson Brook School, CT

Oct. 9:                      Round Valley School, NJ

Oct. 11:                    Whitehall-Coplay Middle School, PA

Oct. 17:                    Barnes & Noble Educator Night, Whitehall, PA

Oct. 22:                   Northport, NY Public Library

Oct. 29-Nov. 2:    Gillette, WY schools and libraries

Nov. 13:                 Madison Junior School, NJ

Nov. 14:                 Benjamin Franklin Middle School, NJ

Dec. 7:                   York Suburban Middle School, PA

Dec. 18:                 Chatham Middle School, NJ

Jan. 28-30:          Indianapolis-area schools, IN

Early Feb.:            Two schools in Paramus, NJ area

Feb. 18-20:          Little Rock, AR schools

Mar. 7-8:              Louisiana Library Association Conference, Baton Rouge

Mar. 11:                 Nature Hills Intermediate School, WI

Mar. 12:                 Millburn Middle School, IL

Mar. 13:                 Sears School, IL

Mar. 15:                 Illinois Reading Association, Springfield

Apr. 10-12:            Maryland Reading Association

Apr. 20-26:           Authors in April, Rochester, MI


2013-14 School Year

Sept. 3&4:                         Middle schools and a library in Arlington Heights, IL

Sept. 4, 7 pm:                   Signing and book launch for my NEW NOVEL,

                                             Are You Experienced?, Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL

Sept. 5:                               Visits to several Illinois schools with Anderson’s staff

Sept. 6&7:                         Lancaster, PA speaking events

Sept. 21:                            Book launch party!  2-4 pm, Moravian Bookshop, Bethlehem, PA

Oct. 2:                                Homer Junior High, Homer, NY

Oct. 3:                                Indian River Middle School, NY

Oct. 5:                                Collingswood Book Festival, NJ

Oct. 10:                              Round Valley School, NJ

Oct. 16:                              Evening educator event, Barnes & Noble, Whitehall, PA

Oct. 17:                              Evening educator event, Barnes & Noble, Easton, PA

Oct. 25-26:                       PA Council of Teachers of English Lang. Arts conference, Penn State

Oct. 31:                             Rockaway Valley School, NJ

Nov. 6, 6 pm:                  Reading with a bunch of awesome fellow YA authors, Jefferson Market Branch,

NY Public Library

Nov. 26:                            Gwynedd-Mercy Academy, PA

Dec. 4&5:                         Marticville MS, PA

Dec. 10:                            Union Twp. MS, NJ

Dec. 18:                            Woodglen School, NJ

Jan. 13:                            Meridian Middle School, IL

Jan. 14:                            Martinez Middle School, IL

Jan. 15:                            Granger Middle School, IL

February 10 & 11:          Pocahontas MS, VA

Mar. 3:                            Stewartsville MS, NJ

Mar. 7:                            Northwestern Lehigh MS, PA

Mar. 10:                          Wissahickon MS, PA

Mar. 11:                           E.T. Richardson MS, PA

Mar. 25:                          Central Regional MS, NJ

April 1-3:                       Northbrook, IL Middle Schools

April 9-11:                      Youngstown State University English Festival, OH

Apr. 28-May 2:            Katy- TX Middle Schools

May 9:                            South Brandywine MS

May 12-16:                    CT and NH Middle Schools

May 17:                          NH Library Media Specialists’ Conference keynote

May 21:                          Borough School, Morris Plains, NJ

May 23:                         Springhouse MS, PS

May 27 & 29:               Orefield MS, PA


2014-15 School Year

Sept. 10:                         Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman, NJ

Sept. 22:                         Austin Academy for Excellence, Garland, TX

Sept. 23-25 (days):      Several Coppell, TX Middle Schools

Sept. 23, 7 pm:             Valley Ranch Library, Irving, TX

Sept. 30:                        Round Valley School, NJ

Oct. 3:                            Puyallup Festival of Books, WA —

THE coolest event of my year!

Rock and roll!  Books!  And a real rock star!

Oct. 9:                            Far Hills Country Day School, NJ

Oct. 10:                          Holdrum School, River Vale, NJ

Oct. 13:                          H.B. Whitehorne MS, Verona, NJ

Oct. 14:                          Highlands Middle School, White Plains, NY

Oct. 15 (day):               Somers Middle School, NY

Oct. 15 (evening):       Barnes & Noble Educator Night, Bridgewater, NJ

Oct. 28:                         Germantown Academy, PA

Nov. 11:                         Chicago Lab School, IL

Nov. 12:                         Maple School, LaGrange, IL

Nov. 26:                        Bala Cynwyd MS, PA

Jan. 12-16:                    Sherman, TX Middle Schools

Jan. 21-22:                   Perkiomen Valley East and West Middle Schools, PA

Feb. 17-19:                   Allen, TX Middle Schools

Feb. 27:                        Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts conference, keynote

Mar. 3:                         Demarest Middle School, NJ

Mar. 10:                       E.T. Richardson Middle School, Springfield, PA

Mar. 29:                      Arkansas Association of Instructional Media conference, Hot Springs, AR

Mar. 30-April 3:        AR middle-school visits

May 14-15:                  Fred S. Engle MS, Avon Grove, PA

May 19:                       Long Valley MS, NJ

May 22:                       Springhouse MS, Parkland School District, PA

May 26-27:                Orefield MS, Parkland School District, PA

June 3:                       Lincoln MS, Passaic, NJ

June 22-26, 29:       Montgomery County, PA Public Libraries tour: 18 branches in 6 days!  Wowza!


2015-16 School Year

Sept. 3&4:       Lakewood, OH middle schools

Sept. 15:          Moravian Academy Middle School, Bethlehem, PA

Sept. 19:          Princeton, NJ Children’s Book Festival

Oct. 9:             Round Valley School, NJ

Oct. 21:           Gill St. Bernard’s School, NJ

Oct. 22:           Suffern Middle School, NY

Oct. 28:           Kutztown University Teen Library Day, PA

Nov. 5:            Richboro Middle School, PA

Nov. 12:          Two middle schools in Centennial School District, PA

Nov. 16-20:   McAllen, TX middle schools

Dec. 10&11:   Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, NJ

Dec. 17:          Colonial MS, PA

Jan. 13:          Valley View School, NJ

Jan. 25-28:    Columbus and Cleveland, OH middle schools

Feb. 5:             Haworth Public School, NJ

Feb. 24:           Indian Crest MS, Souderton, PA

Feb. 26:          Von E. Mauger MS, NJ

Feb. 29-Mar. 2: Three Northwest Arkansas middle schools

Mar. 7&8:      Lower Macungie MS, PA

Mar. 9:           Pennbrook MS, North Wales, PA

Mar. 14:          York Suburban MS, PA

Mar. 15:          E.T. Richardson MS, PA

Mar. 17:         Middlebrook MS, CT

Mar. 18:         Rye Neck MS, NY

Apr. 9:            The Hillside School, PA

Apr. 25:          C.F. Patton MS, PA

May 26&27:   Orefield MS, PA

June 1:            Springhouse MS, PA


2016-17 School Year

Sept. 6:            St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, MD

Sept. 12-13:     Baylor School, Chattanooga, TN

(I will also be doing a public evening event at Erlanger Children’s Hospital on the 12th)

Sept. 16:          Bullis School, MD

Sept. 19-21:     Three high schools, Camden, SC

Sept. 23:          Classical Magnet School, Hartford, CT

Sept. 28:          Public evening event, Peoria Public Library, IL

Sept. 29:          Illinois Reading Council conference, Peoria, IL

Sept. 30:         Lettie Brown Elementary, IL

Oct. 3:              Public signing, Barnes & Noble, Lehigh Valley Mall, PA

Oct. 8&9:        Anderson’s Bookshop YA Literature Conference, Naperville, IL

Oct. 10-13:      Book tour events in WI and MO, TBA

Oct. 15:            Boston Book Festival (

Oct. 18:            Unami MS, Chalfont, PA

Oct. 25-26:      Half Hollow Hills Community Library and School District, Dix Hills, NY

Nov. 2:             Highlands MS, NY

Nov. 3:             Somers Middle School, NY

Nov. 5:             YALSA YA Services Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA

Nov. 14:           Round Valley School, NJ

Nov. 16:          Cherokee High School, GA

Nov. 17-21:     National Council of Teachers of English conference, Atlanta, GA

Dec. 1:             Bronx Preparatory Charter School, NY

Dec. 6:             Indian Trail JHS, IL

Dec. 7:             Palombi MS, IL

Jan. 26:          Glenelg Country School, MD

Feb. 24:           Springton Lake MS, Media, PA

Mar. 14:          Knollwood School, Fair Haven, NJ

Mar. 16:          Governor Mifflin MS, PA

Mar. 21:           E. T. Richardson MS, Springfield, PA

Mar. 23:          Lake Park MS, IL

Mar. 24:          Yorkville MS, IL

Mar. 29:          Tri-County Reading Council Spring Fling keynote, NJ

April 2:            Iowa Association of School Librarians keynote, IA

April 19:          Wissahickon MS, PA

April 21:          Polson MS, Madison, CT

April 27-29:   Four middle schools in Allegany County, MD, followed by the Spring

Festival of Children’s Literature at Frostburg State University

May 9-12:       Mercer County, PA Middle Schools

May 15:           Conrad Weiser MS, Robesonia, PA

May 18-19:     Donegal JHS, PA

May 20:          nErDCampNJ, Chatham Township, NJ

May 26:          Northwest MS, Taneytown, MD

May 24, 30:   Orefield MS, PA

May 25:           Springhouse MS, PA

June 5:            Hammonton Middle School, NJ

July 15-17:      International Literacy Association conference, Orlando, FL


2017-18 School Year

Sept. 5:                Mary Meuser Library, Easton, PA

Sept. 23:             Barnes & Noble, Lehigh Valley Mall, 2-4 pm.  I will be speaking and signing.

Sept. 25:             Two Catholic elementary schools, IL, courtesy of Lewis University

Sept. 25:             Anderson’s Bookshop, La Grange, IL.  Speaking and signing The Secret Sheriff!

Sept. 26&27:      School visits, La Grange, IL

Sept. 27:              evening event at Lewis University, IL

Sept. 28:             Lake Zurich MS South, IL

Sept. 29:             Daniel Wright JHS, Lincolnshire, IL

Oct. 11:                Barnes & Noble Lehigh Valley Mall, Educator Night

Oct. 25:               Tamanend Middle School, PA

Nov. 4:                KidLitCon, Hershey, PA

Nov. 6:                Montclair Kimberley Academy book fair, NJ

Nov. 9:                American Association of School Librarians conference, Phoenix, AZ

Nov. 17:               New Jersey Association of School Librarians Conference Keynote

Nov. 21:              NCTE/ALAN Workshop, St. Louis, MO

Nov. 28:             Fieldstone MS, Montvale, NJ

Dec. 18:              Northern Lehigh MS/HS, PA

Jan. 8:                Union Twp. MS, NJ

Jan. 11-12:          Fred S. Engle MS, Avon Grove, PA

Jan. 19:               Kingsway Regional HS, NJ

Jan. 25:              DeFranco Elementary, Bangor, PA

Jan. 29:              St. Thomas More School, Allentown, PA

Jan. 30:              Democracy Prep Bronx Prep, NY

Jan. 31:              MS 51, Brooklyn, NY

Feb. 7-9:            International School of Zug-Luzern, Switzerland

Feb. 22:             Two Middle Schools in Kearney, NE

Feb. 23:             Nebraska State Reading Conference

Feb. 27-28:       Ohio school visits

Mar. 6:              Greenwich Twp. School District, NJ

Mar. 13:            J.P. Case MS, NJ

Mar. 20:            E.T. Richardson MS, Springfield, PA

Mar. 22:            Carroll County Public Library, MD, Battle of the Books kickoff

(postponed due to snow)

Apr. 4:              West Woods Upper Elementary, CT

Apr. 5:               Scotts Ridge MS, Ridgefield, CT

Apr. 6:               John F. Kennedy MS, CT

Apr. 7:               Central CT State University Reading Conference

Apr. 9-11:         School visits, NH

Apr. 12:             Horace Mann MS, Franklin, MA

Apr. 20-21:       Oregon Library Association Conference

May 3:              Fleetwood MS, PA

May 4:               Pennsylvania School Librarians Association conference, Hershey, PA

May 22:            Timberlane MS, NJ

May 24:            Wilson Area Intermediate School, PA

May 29/30:     Orefield MS, PA

May 31:            Springhouse MS, PA