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Invite an Author

Every month, we highlight an author in an initiative called "BCCLS Invite an Author". Many of these authors are happy to visit BCCLS libraries to chat with your book clubs or present programs either in person or via Skype. You can email them directly for more information or to schedule a library visit.

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December 2013

Selene Castrovilla

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   Selene Castrovilla


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Letter of Introduction:

Dear Colleagues:

Our December author's latest book is gathering award after award and she is definitely someone to watch.

Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of two young adult novels and three picture books about the American Revolution.

Her latest book, Revolutionary Friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette, received a starred Booklist review, and it is a Booklist Top Ten Biography for Youth, 2013. It has been recommended by the International Reading Association as a book for learning American history, and it meets common core standards. It is also a Eureka! Nonfiction Honor Book 2013 (from The California Reading Association)  and is a School Librarian International Honor Book, 2013.

Upon Secrecy was a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, 2010

By the Sword was an International Reading Association Notable Book, 2007.

Ms. Castrovilla holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Read more about Ms.Castrovilla and her work at Visit her Facebook author page for literary inspirations, and follow her on Twitter: @SCastrovilla.

Here’s the link for Booklist’s Top 10 Biographies for Youth 2013:

BookList's Top 10 Biographies for Youth 2013

Here’s a link for the IRA’s Top Titles 2013 in History:

IRA's Top Titles 2013 in History

About Revolutionary friends: General George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette:

"This oversize, handsome package will introduce a little-known aspect of the Revolutionary War history through pithy words and often dramatic pictures. It respects its audience as well as the historically significant friendship it portrays."

Booklist, ***Starred Review***

About The Girl Next Door:

"Reminiscent of Lurlene McDaniel's novels, this look at first love is at once heartrending and healing."


About By the Sword:  a young man meets war:

"...this is an excellent introduction to the use of primary-source material to create a plausible historical narrative that also adds a human face. A time line of Tallmadge's life, a list of places to visit, research notes, and an excellent print bibliography are included."

School Library Journal

Contact Selene directly at: to arrange a library visit which I hope many of you will do.

Selene will visit BCCLS libraries at no charge.  Invite a couple of classes over to hear her speak about history, writing, and researching.  Talk to your local educators about having their classes work on a research project with your children’s/YA librarians after their students hear Ms. Castrovilla speak.  So many library programming possibilities!

Warmest regards,