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Author Skype Visit

on August 29, 2017

As fall begins and everyone goes back to school, I wanted to let educators know about a special opportunity to bring me to your class.

I am available to do a free 20-minute Skype Visit for either Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention or Seymour’s Secret. Author Skype visits are a great way for kids to meet a real life author without having to pay for the travel expense of me coming to your school. They are a great way for kids to ask questions about being an author as well as get them excited about writing.

Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention is a memoir.

The gang leader doesn’t like poetry, but will a detention center workshop show her how to express love for her newborn daughter? A teen boy dies of a drug overdose. Will his final poem speak what he cannot say?

In the middle of a career change from teacher to writer, Mindy Hardwick volunteered to facilitate a weekly poetry workshop at a juvenile detention center. By helping the teens write poetry about their lives, Mindy discovered strength and courage to grieve the loss of her father, find forgiveness and release the past.

A skype author visit is a great way to kick off a unit on narrative fiction. The book works best for grades 8th through college.

Seymour’s Secret is a middle grade mystery and would work best with students in grades 3rd through 8th. It’s a good story for at-risk readers or those dealing with grief and loss. There is also a free study guide you can download here.

Eleven-year-old Colt is devastated when his beloved Granddad’s vintage toy collection is stolen by a gang of obit robbers. Determined to solve the crime, Colt enlists the help of a girl who talks to ghosts and a gang leader who plants marigolds in the moonlight. But can Colt uncover the secret behind Granddad’s toys before everything is destroyed in this middle grade contemporary mystery.

If you are interested, please contact me via my contact form on my website. I do need a little bit of advanced notice to schedule with you.

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