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RENÉE WATSON

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Renee Watson Tuesday Sept. 3rd - Ages 8 to 12

WHY HOST RENÉE?

"Renée Watson is a gifted storyteller who brings vibrant new meaning to time and place. In this beautiful blend of family, history, and culture, Watson lets us discover that one's true home is rooted in the heart and soul." --Andrea Davis Pinkney, New York Times bestselling author of THE RED PENCIL

"Renée Watson's storytelling mastery is on full display in Some Places More Than Others, which is so thematically vibrant and emotionally rich as to defy description. A magnificent book." --Mike Jung, author of UNIDENTIFIED SUBURBAN OBJECT

"I love the way Amara's voice and spirit shine in this story. Some Places More Than Others is a beautiful novel about family and forgiveness, about the memories we carry with us wherever we go, and the places our hearts call home." --Kate Messner, award-winning author of BREAKOUT

"Watson is a master at character development . . . she seamlessly explores issues of identity, self, and family acceptance. . . A moving exploration of the places we come from and the people who shape us-not to be missed." --Kirkus Reviews

"Watson's Harlem comes alive on the page, lovingly viewed by flawed but lovable characters whose story underscores themes of family, history, and forgiveness." --Publishers Weekly

ABOUT THE BOOK: SOME PLACES MORE THAN OTHERS

From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are.

All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father's family in New York City--Harlem, to be exact. She can't wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person, and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family--and herself--in new way.

But New York City is not exactly what Amara thought it would be. It's crowded, with confusing subways, suffocating sidewalks, and her father is too busy with work to spend time with her and too angry to spend time with Grandpa Earl. As she explores, asks questions, and learns more and more about Harlem and about her father and his family history, she realizes how, in some ways more than others, she connects with him, her home, and her family.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

RENÉE WATSON is the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning author of the novels Piecing Me Together, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, co-written with Ilyasah Shabazz, and two picture books: Harlem's Little Blackbird and A Place Where Hurricanes Happen. Renée is the founder of I, Too, Arts Collective, a nonprofit committed to nurturing underrepresented voices in the creative arts. She lives in New York City.

LENGTH & TOPIC OF PRESENTATION

TBD

SCHOOL TYPE & GRADES

TBD

DESIRED NUMBER OF STUDENTS

TBD

AV/OTHER REQUIREMENTS

A computer or laptop hooked up to a projector. She doesn’t use a Powerpoint but would like to project the cover, if possible.

A podium/music stand, a small table if possible and depending on room size, a microphone. It’s best to have a mic on a stand, not hand held.

PREPARING FOR RENÉE’S VISIT

Read Renée's 2018 Corretta Scott King Author Award Acceptance Speech HERE.

Check out this article and discussion guide for Renée's book, Piecing Me Together HERE.

HASHTAGS/SOCIAL MEDIA

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ORDER FORMS

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. 

ONLINE ORDERING 

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.

Some Places More Than Others Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781681191089
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

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From Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Author Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Renée Watson comes a heartwarming and inspiring middle-grade novel about finding deep roots and exploring the past, the present, and the places that make us who we are.

All Amara wants for her birthday is to visit her father's family in New York City--Harlem, to be exact. She can't wait to finally meet her Grandpa Earl and cousins in person, and to stay in the brownstone where her father grew up. Maybe this will help her understand her family--and herself--in new way.

But New York City is not exactly what Amara thought it would be. It's crowded, with confusing subways, suffocating sidewalks, and her father is too busy with work to spend time with her and too angry to spend time with Grandpa Earl. As she explores, asks questions, and learns more and more about Harlem and about her father and his family history, she realizes how, in some ways more than others, she connects with him, her home, and her family.


Piecing Me Together Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781681191072
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury YA - June 5th, 2018

AGES 12+

2018 Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner


"Timely and timeless." --Jacqueline Woodson

"Important and deeply moving." --John Green

Acclaimed author Renee Watson offers a powerful story about a girl striving for success in a world that too often seems like it's trying to break her.

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And Jade has: every day she rides the bus away from her friends and to the private school where she feels like an outsider, but where she has plenty of opportunities. But some opportunities she doesn't really welcome, like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for "at-risk" girls. Just because her mentor is black and graduated from the same high school doesn't mean she understands where Jade is coming from. She's tired of being singled out as someone who needs help, someone people want to fix. Jade wants to speak, to create, to express her joys and sorrows, her pain and her hope. Maybe there are some things she could show other women about understanding the world and finding ways to be real, to make a difference.


Betty Before X Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250294180
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Square Fish - December 31st, 2018

AGES 10-14

Betty Before X is a powerful middle-grade fictionalized account of the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's wife, written by their daughter Ilyasah Shabazz. 

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty's house doesn't quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can't shake the feeling that her mother doesn't want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.

Inspired by Betty's real life--but expanded upon and fictionalized through collaboration with novelist Renée Watson--Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother's childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.