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To do research for her books, Elizabeth Levy has done some unusual and interesting things, like visiting the Cockroach Hall of Fame, learning ballroom dancing and going on a dinosaur dig. Whatever your interests are, it can all be done in the name of "research." She teaches some of the tricks of the trade, like finding the perfect detail that makes writing come alive. She talks about what's funny and what's not (such as teasing) and sometimes uses magic tricks. She can also talk about how writers sometimes collaborate, as she began doing with Bruce Coville on the Amber Brown series after their close friend, Paula Danziger, passed away. Whether in person or on Skype, Liz is always fun and engaging.



Please have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first, depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have. If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of her books.


If you would like a different kind of program, please let us know before setting up the program and please provide a general idea of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least a week before the chat so she can prepare.


She'll also be happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them and get them back to you before the chat.



$175 * for 1 one-hour long chat

$350 * for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day

$500 * for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day


Please visit Elizabeth Levy to see her bios, then follow the three other links at the top of each page for lists of her books, information on her presentations when she comes to do a physical visit, and book ordering information for getting her books from a variety of sources.


Grade levels: K-7

Residence: NY



Judy A. Burns

Fifth Grade/Read180 Teacher

Windmill   Street School

110 Paul Street

Providence , RI 02904