Dori Hillestad Butler is a chapter book series and mystery author who is eager to share her love of books and writing with kids of all ages. She is the author of 40 books for children, including the Buddy Files series (Albert Whitman & Co.), which is about a school therapy dog who solves mysteries. The Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the Edgar award for best children's mystery published in 2010. She is also the author of My Mom's Having a Baby (Albert Whitman & Co.,), which was #4 on ALA's list of most challenged books in 2011. She speaks openly about the experience of facing her challenger on national television and is happy to talk with other authors about how to handle a potential challenge to their books, or even how to deal with the fact that not everybody is going to like every single book you publish. Dori also has a special interest in the topics of bullying and cyberbullying. Her Truth About Truman School (Albert Whitman & Co.,) is a mystery novel for middle school students that looks at cyberbullying through the eyes of the bully, the bullied and the bystanders. She has developed a unique author visit program for schools that are interested in an all-school reads of this book. Forthcoming books in 2014 and 2015 include a new chapter book series entitled The Haunted Library (Grosset & Dunlap). Dori grew up in southern Minnesota and currently lives in Kirkland, WA. She is also on a quest to do an author visit in all 50 states. If she has not visited your state yet, you could be eligible for a discount. Contact Provato Marketing for more information or to schedule an event.
David is the prolific author of 9 books for young people (and counting!). He is a seasoned presenter at schools, libraries, and conferences. David is a three-time nominee for the Missouri Mark Twain Award for Deadly Drive, 2007-2008, Thin Wood Walls, 2006-2007, and Framed in Fire, 2001-2002. He is ranked as one of the top Mystery Authors to Investigate by the Irving (Texas) Public Library and was chosen as a Favorite Author of Boy Books by the ALA Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC). David's publishing credits include: A PIECE OF THE SKY (Albert Whitman and Company, 2007, ISBN# 0-8075-6536-0), DEADLY DRIVE (Albert Whitman and Company, 2005, ISBN# 0-8075-0844-6, THIN WOOD WALLS (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004, ISBN# 0-618-34290-7, COLDER THAN ICE (Albert Whitman and Company, 2003, ISBN# 0-8075-8135-6), HAUNTING AT HOME PLATE (Albert Whitman and Company, 2000, ISBN# 0-8075-3181-2), and SOMEONE WAS WATCHING (Albert Whitman and Company, 1993, ISBN# 0-8075-7531-3) David enjoys spending time at schools and making appearances at libraries and conferences. He tailors his talks to fit the group by offering a variety of workshops and presentations to students in grades K-8.