Valerie Estelle Frankel is a multitalented teacher who has turned her own obsession with words and writing into a career as a teacher, speaker, and author. Her on-line bio describes her as having been “born at an early age.” That is just a hint of the humor that lurks in this master storyteller/author/costumer/dancer/actor/teacher. She teaches creative writing at many levels and composition at San Jose State University. With short stories appearing in over seventy magazines, she is constantly writing-she completes four pages of fiction a day and reads a novel every day (“just for fun”). Her web site is crammed with tips for writers, games, contests, activities, giveaways, and an interactive fantasy kingdom. Frankel is extremely generous with her time and talent and offers to e-mail and mentor students. Do not miss the chance to say that Valerie Frankel invaded your school.

Selected Reviews of Valerie’s Books

Fringe Girl: The Revolutions Starts Now
Valerie Estelle Frankel
   Say you want a revolution, well, you know…” What do you know about a revolution, really? Besides the fact that you want to change the world, do you also know revolutions can go awry and lead to unplanned consequences? With the help of best friends Eli and Liza, Dora moves full steam ahead with a term project to stage a revolution. The stage is all set for the rebellion, but as things move forward, unforeseen events surprise them. Before her entire world unravels, Dora must ‘fess up and set things straight. Writing with biting satire and real emotion, Valerie Frankel will have the reader both chuckling and cringing at Dora’s hits and misses. Frankel includes family and friend relationships to push, pull, and prod Dora from rebellion through her own revolution. (Editor’s note: The sequel, Fringe Girl in Love, is also available. Penguin, NAL, Jam. 263p. c2007. ISBN 0-451-22046-2. $9.99.) Category: Paperback Fiction. KLIATT Codes: SA–Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2006, Penguin, NAL, Jam, 248p., $9.99. Ages 15 to adult. Reviewer: Holley Wiseman (KLIATT Review, July 2007 (Vol. 41, No. 4).

Henry Potter and the Pet Rock
Valerie Estelle Frankel
   Catastrophe strikes Chickenfeet Academy, and it’s not just the cafeteria food. Lord Revolting, murderous goldfish-flusher, needs Really Wimpy’s pet rock to conquer the world! What part does Socks the parrot, wisecracking pet of Headmaster Bumbling Bore, play in all this? Will Revolting dare the ultimate villainy and spoil the book? Will this novel waste your entire morning? There’s only one way to know. Unapproved, unendorsed, unofficial, and unstoppable: an award-winning parody for all the Harry Potter kids out there. -From the Publisher.

Program Details

“Harry Potter and Humor”
   Because Valerie Frankel is an experience teacher and a Harry Potter expert she can hold audiences spellbound. Visit her web site and click on “10 Great Reasons to Invite Valerie Frankel to Your School.” Her presentation is informative and hilarious–she even brings props.

   Groups: Ages 9-12 work best (flexible) no set limit on students per session
   Sessions: 3 per day
   Fee: Negotiable

Additional Information

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