My speaking arrangements are handled by Paul Critchlow ( at Black Cat Communications. Check here for more information. 

If you have questions for me, please first refer to my personal FAQ page.

Also try the FAQ sections on each book's page. Click on the book covers on this page to get to each book's section.

If your question is not answered there, try the Students & Teachers section which include the Teachers' Guides.

Finally, try my HarperCollins page or my Amazon page. They may have what you seek. 

If your questions aren't answered in those places, the email below will make its way to me, but will take some time.

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Dear Readers,


My speaking arrangements are handled by Paul Critchlow  ( at Black Cat Communications. I customarily do three events in one day: for instance, two small class readings/a Q & A/writing workshop and one large-group assembly. Neither students nor schools are required to buy the books, but it does make for a more rewarding experience for students if they’ve read one of my books in advance.

I use a PowerPoint presentation featuring pictures of my research in the brothels of India and the small towns of Nepal to introduce students to the issue of human trafficking. And I have a short video that helps create context for students to understand Cambodia and the rise of the Khmer Rouge. These require a computer, projector, and screen.

I love to stop by the local book store and sign books if possible, or meet with local media. Downloadable author photo and introductory bio are available here.


I don’t have any special dietary requests, although I love dark chocolate, and am happy to eat lunch or dinner with a small group of students (the staff of the newspaper or the lit magazine, for instance) or with teachers or community leaders. I also like to visit the local juvenile justice facility wherever I visit, if possible.

My goal is for your community to get the most out of my visit.

Patricia McCormick

If you would like to schedule a school or library visit, please contact


If you would like to schedule Arn Chorn-Pond to speak, please contact Jodi Solomon.