Youth Services Welcomes Kenneth Oppel
November 13, 2006
The Youth Services Department welcomes popular children's and young adult author Kenneth Oppel for a very special visit to Skokie Public Library. Oppel will talk about his books and how he writes them at a morning session from 9:45 to 11:15 a.m. He will be available for autographing following the presentation and copies of his books will be available for sale.
This program is ideal for students in 4th through 8th grade. Registration is required and begins October 1. To register, please call the Youth Services Department at 847.324.3149.
Oppel is the author of the Silverwing trilogy, which has sold over one million copies worldwide. His book Airborn is a 2006-2007 Rebecca Caudill nominee and a Skokie Public Library Voice of Youth Award (VOYA) nominee. Skybreaker, the follow-up to Airborn, was published in late 2005. Oppel is also the author of many picture books, short chapter books, and screenplays.
Kenneth Oppel’s books have received many awards. Airborn received the Michael L. Printz Honor in 2005, the School Library Journal "Best Books for Children" in 2004, and the American Library Association’s "Best Books for Young Adults" and "Notable Children’s Books" recognition in 2005. The Silverwing trilogy has received a Booklist Editor’s Choice, the American Library Association’s "Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers," and the Canadian Library Association’s "Notable Book" designation.
Born and raised in Canada, Oppel’s family relocated frequently during his childhood and his constant companions were books. His favorite subject in school was creative writing and by 6th grade he was writing epic-length manuscripts in the vein of Star Wars. His first book, Colin’s Fantastic Video Adventure, was published when he was just 17 years old. To learn more about Oppel and his books visit his official website at http://www.kennethoppel.ca/home.htm.
For more information about Kenneth Oppel's visit to Skokie Public Library, contact Linda Sawyer at 847.324.3144.