“Caroline related beautifully to her 7th and 8th grade audience, sharing stories of her adolescence and career as a young writer that were inspirational to the young writers in the audience.” —Ted Saltveit, 7th & 8th Grade Teacher

CAROLINE TUNG RICHMOND is an award-winning author of historical young adult novels. The Only Thing to Fear won the North Carolina Young Adult Book Award; Live in Infamy was named to the Texas Lone Star Reading List; and The Darkest Hour and Live In Infamy were named to the International Literacy Association’s Young Adult Choices Reading List. Her newest book, The Great Destroyers, was called “a suspenseful page-turner” by Kirkus Reviews. She is the co-editor of the anthology Hungry Hearts, which features stories about food and is a Junior Library Guild selection. She is also the co-author of Great or Nothing, a reimagining of Little Women set in 1942.

In addition to her writing, Caroline is Executive Director of We Need Diverse Books, a nonprofit that advocates for diversity in children’s publishing. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area with her family.


About the Visit

Caroline’s hour-long school presentations for grades 6-12 are fun, interactive, and sneakily educational. She speaks to audiences of all sizes and strives to show kids and teens that writing books and learning history is exciting. Below is a sample of Caroline’s offerings, which can be customized for each group:

Choose Your Own Timeline: An Alternate History Adventure
In 1945, the Nazis and Imperial Japan surrendered to the Allied powers, bringing an end to WWII. But what if the war had ended differently? What if the Axis won and colonized the United States? What would our lives look like now?

In this interactive presentation, Caroline will take your students on a historical time warp, exploring real-life events and possible what-ifs and how she twisted history in her novels The Only Thing to Fear, Live In Infamy, and The Darkest Hour. She’ll also recruit a few volunteers to act out a short alternate history skit, too.

From Blank Page to Published Novel: How a Book Gets Made
Where do you get your ideas from? Did you get to choose your book covers? So how much money do you really make? Caroline has gotten a lot of questions like these from kids and teens over the years — and now she’s ready to answer them! In this presentation, she’ll take your students on a journey on how a book gets made, from that first spark of an idea to the shiny novel you can pick up at the the bookstore. Along the way she’ll show alternative covers for her books and actual rejection letters that she has received (yes, she has saved them!). She’ll also break down how much money writers make and why selling a book for $100,000 might not be as much as you would think.

How I Wrote a Book and How You Can, Too!: A Writing Workshop for Kids and Teens
So you have a great idea for a book! But … now what? This workshop is split into two halves — the first will cover how to write a book and the second will go over how to get it published. Along the way, Caroline will show snippets of her early drafts, revision letters from her editors, and real rejection letters that she has collected over the years. She’ll also answer questions like, “Should I self-publish my book?” and “What exactly is a literary agent?” and “Do I need a college degree to become a writer?” This presentation works best for smaller groups, 35 and under.

Caroline is also available for presentations at conferences and festivals.


We loved having Caroline visit Brambleton. She spoke with our 7th graders and was very engaging. During the presentation, she had the kids up and moving and laughing with props while giving some good writing advice throughout. Her books remain popular in our library and kids get especially excited to see a signed copy.”—Angela Couse, Librarian, Brambleton Middle School, Ashburn, VA

“Caroline is genuine, passionate, and ever-so-clever. Students and staff were especially interested in her thought processes as she worked through the ideas for her books. She showed us a bit about how stories are germinated and nurtured into magical stories, and we were so thankful to learn from her.”—Tina Hoisington, Literacy Interventionist, Old High Middle School, Bentonville, AR

Caroline was sharp, funny, warm, and relatable. She patiently and thoughtfully answered the many questions the students posed to her after her presentation and interview. We were lucky to have her as an assembly guest for our book fair.”—Ted Saltveit, 7th & 8th Grade Teacher, Marin Country Day School, Madera, CA

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