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2021-2022 Virtual Author Visits at Rockwell!


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Lyla Lee- Young Adult Fiction Author

Friday May 13th, 2022

Lyla Lee is the author of young adult novels like I’ll Be the One and the upcoming Flip the Script (May 2022). She also writes the Mindy Kim series for younger readers. Born in South Korea, she’s since then lived in various cities throughout the United States. Inspired by her English teacher, she started writing her own stories in fourth grade and finished her first novel at the age of fourteen. After working various jobs in Hollywood and studying Psychology and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California, she now lives in Dallas, Texas. 

Published Mindy Kim titles:

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Coming in May 2022! 



Check out her website for more info:



Wendy Mass- Young Adult Fiction
Friday April 1st, 2022

Wendy Mass is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-nine novels for young people (which have been translated into 26 languages and nominated for 91 state book awards), her first was A Mango-Shaped Space (which was awarded the Schneider Family Book Award by the American Library Association), followed by Leap Day, the Twice Upon a Time fairy tale series, Every Soul a StarThe Willow Falls series (that began with 11 Birthdays)Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life (which was made into a feature film)The Candymakers series and Pi in the Sky. Her latest books are Bob (co-written with Rebecca Stead) and two early reader series called Space Taxi (co-written with Michael Brawer), and Time Jumpers.

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                                 Learn more about Wendy Mass:





Saadia Faruqi- Pakistani Young Adult and
Children's Book Author
March 4th, 2022

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani American author, essayist and interfaith activist. She writes the children’s early reader series “Yasmin” and other books for children, including middle grade novels “A Place At The Table” co-written with Laura Shovan (a Sydney Taylor Notable 2021), and “A Thousand Questions” (a South Asia Book Award Honor 2021). Her new book “Yusuf Azeem Is Not A Hero” details the experiences of the Muslim American community twenty years after 9/11. Saadia is editor-in-chief of Blue Minaret, a magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Saadia will be visiting virtually with 2nd and 3rd grade on March 4th, 2022. 

Some of her books: 



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Coming in May 2022!

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Learn more about Saadia:




Traci Sorell- Native American Author

November 16th, 2021

Traci is a member of the Cherokee nation and the author of "We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga" and "We Are Still Here" among other children's books. These bilingual books she will be discussing are written in both English and Cherokee, are beautiful stories about being grateful and a reminder that these people are still here, living on their ancestral lands Since Time Immemorial. 

Some of Her books:

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Coming soon!

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Learn more about Traci on her website:




Kazu Kibuishi- Graphic Novel Author/Illustrator
Our first visit of the year will be a spectacular one! 

 Known for his Amulet Graphic Novel series will be attending a virtual visit on October 26th, 2021 for 4th and 5th grade students.


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Learn more about Kazu and his work at:


Previous years visits...

 We are very fortunate to be supported by our amazing PTA to continue this yearly tradition. Check out what who have already hosted and plans for future visiting Authors!

May 2021
Ben Guterson- Young Adult Fiction Author
May 12th, 2021

Ben is the author of the Winterhouse series and new books books to be released in 2020 and 2021. 


To learn more about Ben's books check out his website:



Trudi Trueit- Young Adult Fiction Author

January 27th, 2021


Trudi is a local author of many fiction and non-fiction titles. She will be joining the Rockwell Intermediate grades to share her Explorer Academy series with a new release expected on January 5th, 2021.

The Tiger's Nest is the 5th book in this science adventure series:


This title is a continuation of the Explorer Academy series, books 1-4:

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For more information on Trudi and other titles she has authored, visit her webpage:


February 2021

Welcome Andrea Loney, author of Bunnybear and Double Bass Blues
for a virtual visit on National Read Aloud Day
February 3rd, 2021.

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illustrated by the amazing Carmen Saldaña
Published by Albert Whitman & Company
Selected for the ALA Rainbow Book List for 2018


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2020 Caldecott Honor Title for Rudy Gutierrez

Junior Library Guild Winter 2019 Selection
illustrated by the phenomenal Rudy Gutierrez

For more info on Andrea, including other titles she has written, check out her website:


Previous visits: DECEMBER 2020

J. Anderson Coats- Young Adult fiction author

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 


Celebrating this local authors titles such as:  

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Jillian visited with our 3rd-5th graders in our first ever virtual author visit through Microsoft Teams. Students really enjoyed learning about her writing and publishing process. This author is especially pertinent as her title- The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming is one of our Battle of the Books titles and has earned these literary awards:

  • Kansas NEA Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
  • Bank Street Children's Book Award
  • Jefferson Cup Award Honor Title (VA)
  • Sasquatch Book Award Nominee (WA)
  • Washington State Book Award Finalist

To learn more about Jillian, visit her website-


Previous visit: December 2020
Ellie Peterson- picture book Illustrator and Author

Wednesday, December 9th, 2020


Ellie is a triple threat- Illustrator, Author and Science Teacher! Ellie visited with our Kinder-2nd graders and shared a book that she is the illustrator for- Bea's Bees. This book is a great story about how important Bees are to our environment and provide the foods we enjoy. Ellie shared lots of awesome info about bees and what we can do to help them thrive- even in our own yards!

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Ellie is the Author of these books as well:


To learn more about Ellie, check out her webpage: