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WHY HOST MARYROSE?
Maryrose loves to do school visits as often her writing schedule permits. There’s nothing more fun for her than meeting kids and getting them all worked up about reading and writing. And howling, too, of course! Her goal for every author visit she does is to help kids feel empowered about their creativity, get excited about reading, and eager to get back to their own writing so they can take it to the next level.
The final book in the acclaimed and hilarious Victorian mystery series about a young governess and her three unusual charges--children who have been raised by wolves in the forest of Ashton Place.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maryrose Wood is the author of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series about the Incorrigible children and their governess. These books may be considered works of fiction, which is to say, the true bits and the untrue bits are so thoroughly mixed together that no one should be able to tell the difference. This process of fabrication is fully permitted under the terms of the author's Poetic License, which is one of her most prized possessions. Maryrose's other qualifications for writing these tales include a scandalous stint as a professional thespian, many years as a private governess to two curious and occasionally rambunctious pupils, and whatever literary insights she may have gleaned from living in close proximity to a clever but disobedient dog.
LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION
Suitable for large groups
Recommended for grades 3–6
What does incorrigible mean? What is a governess? What was Victorian England like? What’s the proper technique for howling really, really loud? And where do ideas for books come from, anyway? She’ll answer all these questions and more, and lead the kids in an improv exercise designed to show them how to tap their own boundless storytelling mojo and empower the writer within. Then She’ll read an excerpt from one of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place books, and answer questions. Because her talk is very interactive, she’s found that 150 students at a time is about the biggest sized group where everyone can stay engaged. If you have more than that in your 3rd through 6th grades, she’d prefer to break it into two groups.
In-class writing workshops
For grades 4 and up
After a large group Incorrigible Author visit, she can work with individual classrooms in writing exercises designed to explore craft topics like plot, conflict, dialogue, description, and revision. You’ll read examples, talk about the specific techniques authors use to bring their stories to life, and then take out pencils and paper and get to work. Nothing inspires kids to write like discovering they can make author magic themselves!
SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES
The Incorrigible fandom spans a wide age range but the sweet spot for schools is probably grades 4, 5, & 6.
DESIRED NUMBER OF STUDENTS
150 or less
Large group presentations require a hand-held microphone (cordless or with a long cord), and a mike stand, a stool or chair, and a small table or desk so she can stash her reading glasses and a water bottle.
In-class writing workshops require interested kids with paper and pencil.
PREPARING FOR MARYROSE’S VISIT
Teachers and librarians have found that the Incorrigible Children books make great classroom read alouds. Reading a few chapters with your class is a perfect way to prepare for her visit.
If you are unfamiliar with the series, you can start by reading book 1: The Mysterious Howling, and then check out the discussion guide by clicking here.
You can also learn more about the series, characters, and play games, by clicking here (make sure you click on FUN EXTRAS on the right side of the webpage, then INCORRIGIBLE EXTRAS).
Vroman’s will create an order form that your school can use and distribute pre-author visit. We will also have book plates signed on the day of the event, for any students who turn in forms post-visit.
Under Order Comments (found at the bottom of the check out page), please include: NAME OF STUDENT, GRADE LEVEL, and who the book(s) should be PERSONALIZED to.
Under Pick-up Options, please select: I would like to pick this order up at the store (although these books are going to be delivered to students on campus, on the day of the event).
Under Pick-up Location, please select: Vroman's Bookstore.
Educators: please DO NOT give books to students who say they have ordered online. Vroman’s will be bringing online orders to the campus, if placed and confirmed, BEFORE the author visit.