Caroline Tung Richmond writes historical fiction for kids and teens—with a twist! Her books explore big what-if questions, like, what if Hitler won WWII and colonized the U.S.? Caroline loves visiting schools and showing students how fun and fascinating history can be. Her presentations are entertaining and student-oriented, and often delve into how she mixes real-life history with made-up characters.

Caroline’s novels include The Only Thing to FearThe Darkest Hour, and Live In InfamyThe Only Thing to Fear is the winner of the 2016 North Carolina School Library YA Book Award, and The Darkest Hour was selected for the 2017 International Literacy Association Young Adults’ Choices Reading List.

Caroline’s presentations are all adaptable to your audience’s age, size, and interests. Her presentations are fun, interactive, and sneakily educational. She likes including a Q&A session after each session.

What if Hitler Won World War II?

Grades 6-12
30 minutes

What if the Roman Empire had never fallen? What if Archduke Franz Ferdinand had survived his assassination attempt? And what if Adolf Hitler had won World War II? Our history is full of these what-might-have-been scenarios, and it can be fascinating—and frightening—to imagine what life would be like if they'd actually happened. In this presentation, Caroline will discuss the alternate history genre and how she created the world of her novels The Only Thing to Fear and Live in Infamy.

Choose Your Own Timeline: An Alternate History Adventure and Writing Workshop

Grades 6-8
45-55 minutes

In 1945, the Nazis and Imperial Japan surrendered to the Allied powers, bringing an end to WWII. But what if the Axis had won instead and colonized the United States? What would our world look like today? In this interactive presentation, Caroline will take your students on a historical time warp, exploring real-life evens and then possible what-ifs. Following the presentation, she will lead the audience in a short writing workshop where students will start their own alternate history story.

Conference and Festival Appearances

Caroline enjoys speaking to audiences of all ages at conferences and festivals. At previous events, she has discussed how to write for young adults, how to get published, and how to write diverse characters. Or she can talk about the topic of your choosing. She is also comfortable acting as a moderator.

Virtual Visits

Caroline would love to talk to your students or book club via Skype, FaceTime, or your preferred live-streaming platform. Her virtual visits last 30 minutes, and she's happy to cater the chat to your needs, whether that includes discussing her publishing journey, her research process, etc. These visits usually work best when questions are prepared in advance and when the group has read one of Caroline's books.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Caroline can provide a computer for a PowerPoint presentation, but will need a projector and screen. For larger groups, a microphone is welcome. Please contact her to discuss any technical questions or concerns. 


$800 per full day, plus travel and lodging (up to 4 sessions)

$450 per half day, plus travel and lodging (up to 2 sessions)

$60 per Skype visit (30 minutes)

Discounts available for D.C. area schools and Title I schools. Conference and festival fees are negotiable. 

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