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Elizabeth Zindel's Skype chats vary, depending on the needs of the audience. Topics might include tips on the writing process; the use of old classics in modern stories (like she uses Hamlet as a jumping off point in A Girl, A Ghost, and the Hollywood Hills); and the challenges her teenage characters face in the modern world (cliques, bullying, the need for acceptance).


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 Lizabeth Zindel to see her bio, then follow the three other links at the top of the page for a list 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: 7-YA

Residence: NY


The online chat was wonderful! Lizabeth answered questions from the Teen Advisory Board for over an hour. Since many of the teens love to write she was very helpful about answering their questions about the writing process. I was very pleased at the turnout of fifteen teens on a beautiful summer afternoon and at their insightful questions. What a great start to our Summer Reading Program. Thank you so much for providing this opportunity for the teens of the Niles Library District.

Mary Miller

Niles Public Library

Niles Library Teen Advisory Board

6960 West Oakton Street

Niles , IL 60714-3098