New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop grew up in a small town in New England and currently lives in New York City. A former baseball editor at Sports Illustrated Kids and one-time standup comedian, he is an energetic and entertaining speaker. His books cover a range of ages/reading levels, from middle grade to teen. His novels have been named Best Children’s Books of the Year by the New York Public Library, the Los Angeles Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education; they have been included on numerous state reading lists and selected for NPR’s Backseat Book Club. You can find out more at www.michaelnorthrop.net.

Would, Could, Will! 

Grades 4–10
30-45 minutes

This is a writing workshop in which Michael talks with students about his writing process and helps them write their own stories. His approach to writing, which he calls the would/could method, is fun and easy for students to learn and use. In this energetic exercise, kids either write their own stories or work together to write one as a class.

Take Me to Your Reader

Grades 4–10
30-45 minutes

Michael begins by discussing a realistic and personal approach to reading, sharing his story of being diagnosed as dyslexic as a kid. He repeated second grade and was a classic “reluctant reader” for years after that. He talks to students about finding the sort of reading that works for them. Michael then transitions to the topic of writing. He discusses his early years as a sportswriter, covering such events as the Super Bowl, and how that informed his approach to fiction. He shares stories about how he came up with the ideas for his novels, and then he discusses the research, writing, and editing processes to show how those ideas became finished books. He ends the presentation with a lively Q&A.

Michael’s presentation can be customized to focus on different novels, including Plunked (middle grade sports), TombQuest (middle grade with an emphasis on ancient Egypt), Surrounded by Sharks (a middle grade/teen survival tale) and Trapped (teen survival).

Conference and Festival Appearances

Take Me to Your Reader

Length is flexible.

Michael begins by discussing a realistic and personal approach to reading, sharing his story of being diagnosed as dyslexic as a kid. He repeated second grade and was a classic “reluctant reader” for years after that. He talks about each individual finding the sort of reading that works best for them. Michael then transitions to the topic of writing. He discusses his early years as a sportswriter, covering such events as the Super Bowl, and how that informed his approach to fiction. He shares stories about how he came up with the ideas for his novels, and then he discusses the research, writing, and editing processes to show how those ideas became finished books. He ends the presentation with a lively Q&A.

An experienced public speaker and former comedian, Michael is also happy to put together a customized presentation that fits your particular conference or festival.

Virtual Visits

Michael is just the type to drop in by Skype. He is available for a 30-minute virtual visit and Q&A with classes, reading groups, and book clubs that have read at least one of his books. He discusses the book(s)—his inspiration for certain scenes, challenges he faced along the way, amusing anecdotes—and answers questions. The fee for the visit is $100.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

Michael requires a projector and screen for his presentation. (He can provide his own laptop.) If he is speaking in an auditorium or a similarly large space, he will also need a microphone and a podium or music stand. For the workshop, students should have writing materials.

Honorarium

$1,000 per day plus expenses.

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Ordering Books

Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.