Margo Sorenson

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Author of twenty-eight books, Margo Sorenson was born in Washington, DC, and spent the first seven years of her life in Spain and Italy, living where there were few children her age, so books became her friends. She finished her school years in California, graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles. After teaching high school and middle school and raising a family of two daughters, Margo is now a full-time writer, writing primarily for young people of all ages, toddlers through high schoolers. Margo enjoys writing for young readers since she believes they are ready for new ideas and experiences, and they really have fun "living" the lives of the characters in books. She has a great time meeting with her readers in school and library settings from Minnesota to California and Hawaii. Besides winning recognition and awards for her books from various groups, including the American Library Association and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award in YA Fiction, Margo was invited to donate and archive her working papers with the internationally-known children's literature collection, the Kerlan Collection, at the University of Minnesota. After having lived in Hawaii, California, and Minnesota, Margo and her husband now live full-time in La Quinta, California. When she isn't writing, she enjoys visiting her grandchildren, playing golf, reading, watching sports, traveling, and hearing from her readers.

Author Website:

Author Address: La Quinta, CA USA

Genres: Biography, coming of age, contemporary fiction, history, informational, multicultural, mystery, nonfiction, picture book, science, sports

Presentations: A National Milken Educator Award recipient, Margo happy to visit with all ages of students, graduate students, book clubs, and community groups. Margo’s interactive program is designed to give students or the audience a brief “Story Behind the Story” about the writing and publishing process and a chance for them to ask questions. As an author of twenty-eight books from nonfiction to fantasy and across a wide range of genres, Margo is able to tap into a variety of reading and writing experiences for the classroom. She also is conversant in Italian, French, Spanish and a little (just a little!) Norwegian.

Margo's presentations are for all levels of elementary audiences, from grades K- 8 and into high school, through programs for graduate students.

Available Times:
Please contact Margo for available times. In general, weekday mornings and early afternoons are best.
No recording of Skype Sessions without permission from the author.

No Cost Meet the Author Visit:
15-20 minutes

In-Depth Visit Length:
45-60 minutes

In-Depth Visit Cost:
Please contact Margo if you'd like her to customize a presentation for a specific grade or audience level or type of group. Margo enjoys being “deep cover” for teachers and will be happy to focus on a specific writing or reading objective being used in the classroom.
The audience should be familiar with at least one of her books. Students may prepare questions in advance. A technical check is required in advance and it would be helpful if school personnel were asked to decrease internet usage during the Skype time to facilitate bandwidth. Authors who Skype are always grateful for having some publicity shared at the school or organization about the author.

Contact Information:

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Children’s Literature Council of Southern California, Children’s Literature Network, Johns Hopkins University SDB Fellow, Milken National Educator

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