Catch The Bus! Win An Author Visit!

What would you do if a middle-grade author showed up in your classroom? Shriek? Lock the doors and windows? Ask where she gets her ideas and how many drafts a finished book takes?

Your class, book club, scout troop, or group can meet a real middle-grade author if the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour rolls into your driveway.

We’ve loaded the Mixed-Up Tour Bus full of middle grade authors. Who exactly?

Kathy Erskine (Mockingbird),

Tricia Springstubb (What Happened On Fox Street),

Sarah Aronson (Beyond Lucky),

Uma Krishnaswami (The Grand Plan To Fix Everything),

Tom Angleberger (The Strange Case Of Origami Yoda),

Jennifer Neilsen (Elliot And The Goblin War ),

Erin Moulton (Flutter),

Sydney Salter (Jungle Crossing),

Bobbie Pyron (A Dog’s Way Home),

Beverly Patt (Best Friends, Forever) ,

Kate Messner (Sugar and Ice),

Rosanne Parry (Second Fiddle) ,

Tami Lewis Brown (The Map Of Me),

Wendy Shang (The Great Wall of Lucy Wu),

Kimberley Griffiths Little (The Healing Spell),

Sheela Chari (Vanished),

Sayantani DasGupta (The Demon Slayers And Other Stories),

Katherine Schlick Noe (Something To Hold),

Hillary Homzie (The Hot List), and

Jen Blom (Possum Summer)



As far as we know there’s never been another author tour with so many authors, so many destinations, and so many WINNERS!

Over the next year we’ll be drawing winners for full fledged Skype author visits, copies of each author’s latest book, and as much swag as we can load into the bus.

Here’s how the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour works-

Each season a group of five or more authors will set off in the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Tour Bus. You’ll have about a month to enter your class, club, or group to win a Skype visit from one of that season’s authors, along with a copy of their book, and more. For every retweet and/or Facebook reposting you’ll get another entry. To increase your class or group’s chances invite other adults- parents, teachers, or group members to leave comments here, too. Each entry must be made in a separate comment.

At the end of the month we’ll draw a winner for each Skype author visit. You’ll have six months from that date to schedule and conduct the visit. Authors and winners are paired randomly- you don’t enter to win a visit from a particular author. But we all write books appropriate for a middle-grade audience and we all do GREAT SCHOOL VISITS.

What will you need for a Skype visit? A computer, an internet connection, speakers, a winning entry and most of all an excited audience of middle-grade readers. If you’re not familiar with Skype our experts here at the Mixed-Up Files can help set you up.

It’s all Easy Peasy.

What’s that? I hear the rumble of the Mixed-Up Tour Bus right now…

The Spring/Summer Tour has headed out!

In the front row there’s Sydney Salter next to Bobbie Pyron– no Bobbie dogs are not allowed on the bus! Okay… just this once.

Behind them Tom Angleberger is busy folding little paper squares into odd Star Wars figures and calling the author behind him “Larry”. No, Tom. Her name is Kate Messner.

And on Kate’s right there’s Beverly Patt! Sure, Beverly. Kate will be your best friend, forever.

Wait! Who’s that running to catch the bus? It’s Hillary Homzie! Glad you made it Hillary. We almost left without you!

Would you like Sydney, Bobbie, Tom, Kate, Hillary or Beverly to visit your class? Each winner will receive a full Skype author visit and a copy of the author’s featured book. Check out the official RULES here. Leave a comment. Retweet it and/or repost on Facebook or your blog for more chances to win. And please leave a separate comment for each entry, retweet, or repost. We’ll draw the lucky winners on May 2 and post their names along with their author pairings here at the Mixed-Up Files on May 3!

Who can enter? Anyone 18 or over – a teacher, parent, librarian, friend… anybody as long as your school or group has specifically agreed to host a Skype author visit if you win.

Hey! Stop! Catch that bus!

Tami Lewis Brown will be driving the Mixed-Up Middle-Grade Skype Tour bus… just like Margie Tempest, the twelve-year-old main character/under-aged driver in Tami’s middle-grade novel, THE MAP OF ME, coming out this August from Farrar Straus & Giroux.

Tami Lewis Brown