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Speaker Profile - Angela Cerrito


Region: International Central
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Angela Cerrito serves as SCBWI’s Assistant International Advisor and is the co-organizer of SCBWI events at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Her novel, THE SAFEST LIE (Holiday House / Fall 2015) has been named one of The Guardian's Best Children's Books of 2015, a Notable Social Studies Book for Young Readers, a 2015 Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers and SCBWI's Crystal Kite Award. THE SAFEST LIE is based on her research in Warsaw, Poland, including interviewing Irena Sendler, a mastermind spy and member of the Polish resistance who helped over 2,500 children escape the Warsaw ghetto. This research was made possible with the help of SCBWI's Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant. Angela's debut novel, THE END OF THE LINE (Holiday House, 2011) about a boy coming to terms with his role in the death of a friend, was named a YALSA Quick Pick 2012, VOYA Top of the Top Shelf 2011, VOYA Top Shelf for Middle Grade Readers 2011, Librarians Choices List 2011, Kansas State Reading Circle 2011-2012 Award List, Winchester Fiction Award Honor Book 2012 and a Top Teen Pick 2012. Her one-act play IF THEY COME TONIGHT, based on the life of Irena Sendler, was produced in Texas in March 2016. -.facebook & twitter /angelacerrito  -

Presentation Description:
Angela presents on a variety of topics including all aspects of writing and publishing, children's literature, SCBWI international and playwriting. She is happy to present to students of all ages and adults in person or via a video web connection. She has presented for community organizations, small groups, schools and at international book festivals. She has also moderated panels at the Frankfurt Book Fair and Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Recent presentations have included:
Turning up the Tension: Revising your Novel
Child Rescues from the Warsaw Ghetto 
Writing your first book 
From research to book, writing historical fiction
Irena Sendler
Creating Compelling Characters
Bring on the Drama: writing a play
Look, Listen, Repeat: How to unread books with your child

Angela has presented at the Bologna Children's Book Fair (Bologna, Italy), SCBWI The Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Asian Festival of Children's Content (Singapore), Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Ceremony (Days of Remembrance, US Military Base, Germany), Ramstein, Germany (Girl Scouts), The Frankfurt Book Fair (Germany) as well as for schools, homeschooling groups and book clubs in the US and Europe. 

Angela has also been a long-time judge for the Young Adult Fiction Festival (Paris, France)

She is happy to create a custom presentation for your organization or event.