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Speaker Profile - Lynne Kelly


Region: Texas: Houston
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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Lynne Kelly's career as a sign language interpreter has taken her everywhere from classrooms to hospitals to Alaskan cruises. Today, she lives near Houston, Texas with her adorable dog, Holly. Her 2019 novel SONG FOR A WHALE, about a deaf girl named Iris who forms an unlikely bond with the “loneliest whale in the world,” has been described as “finely crafted,” “important,” and “uplifting” by reviewers from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. SONG FOR A WHALE received the 2020 Schneider Family Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by New York Public Library.

Presentation Description:

I’d love to visit your school, organization, or book club!

I can talk to your group about the writing process, plotting a novel, writing strong characters, and more. Presentations can be tailored to fit the needs of your students.