In the past couple of months, I’ve given high school presentations in St. Clair, Waseca, and New Richland. When my book came out in March, it was marketed toward an adult audience. But the more school visits I do, and the more conversations I have with young teens, the more I realize that the book has something to offer for this audience, too.
To help explain this, I developed this video (special thanks to Carley and Tracy Kopetzki):
In short, the grief experience is not something exclusive to adults. I think we tend to overlook how often teens are exposed to the death of loved ones and classmates. Just today, the Mankato Free Press ran a story about a lovely young Le Sueur girl who was killed in a freak sledding accident on New Year’s Eve. Counselors are available at the school for students, and the principal is especially concerned because another student had died in a November accident. Unfortunately, what students are now experiencing at Le Sueur-Henderson High School is replicated at schools throughout the country.
I would be honored to continue to do school visits in which I talk about my book and the writing process. You can find more information here. If you know of any teachers looking for authors to visit, please spread the word!