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Hicklebee's is excited to host debut author Sonja Solter and her book When You Know What I Know. A heartbreaking yet powerful novel, this book will strike a chord with readers of Jacqueline Woodson and Tony Abbott.
One day after school, on the couch in the basement, Tori's uncle did something bad. Afterward, Tori tells her mom. Even though telling was a brave thing to do, her mom still doesn't believe her at first. Her grandma still takes his side. And Tori doesn't want anyone else -- even her best friend -- to know what happened.
Now Tori finds herself battling mixed emotions -- anger, shame, and sadness -- as she deals with the trauma. But with the help of her mom, her little sister, her best friend, and others, can Tori find a way to have the last word?
3:30-3:45 Greetings, Emotions from a Hat!
3:45-4:00 Short reading, Author Q&A
4:00-4:15 Snack & Early Book Signing
4:15-4:35 Emotions Charades!
4:35-4:45 Second Short Reading, Author Q&A
4:45-5:00 Second Book Signing
Bonus! Take-home video link for a new Young Inklings writing activity with Sonja!
Children's book author Sonja K Solter spent her childhood summers in her mother’s homeland of Finland and traveled the world extensively with her family. She read so voraciously as a child that she once brought over 70 books on a trip. (Her mother is still trying to figure out how that slipped by her.) Sonja graduated with an interdisciplinary degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. Her master's critical thesis was on writing trauma in middle grade and young adult realistic fiction. She is currently a creative writing mentor to youth with the Society of Young Inklings and enjoys writing poetry and prose for children of all ages. She has also been a Music Together® director and teacher, where she especially enjoyed the collaborative improvisation aspect of the program. Sonja lives with her husband and two children in Louisville, Colorado, and enjoys nature, travel, and yoga.
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"Solter emphasizes the emotional effects both of the molestation and of the disparate reactions she encounters when others hear about it. This offering of hope after trauma is, importantly, unromanticized."—Kirkus Reviews