Friday Field Trips! Generation Genius Authors – 2018

This page contains information on each session available, with author bios and book blurbs. To RSVP, click on the session you would like to attend and follow the link to our RSVP form. Please note the session times, and factor in when your school day starts, travel time to downtown Miami, and the authors you would like to see. As always, RSVPs are on a first-come, first-served basis. Once you have submitted your RSVP online, you must receive a confirmation email directly from Marci Cancio-Bello (mcanciob@mdc.edu) in order to ensure your seats at each author session.

Please note that some sessions have already been filled, and are noted in the online RSVP form dropdown menuIf you choose one of these filled author sessions, you will be placed on a waitlist and contacted to choose an alternative author session.

RSVPs are limited to 30 students per teacher per session. RSVP seats are for students only. In order to allow as many students as possible to experience the author presentations, we ask that, if seats are all reserved in an author session, the chaperones and parents stand unless health does not permit. Please keep this in mind when requesting chaperones.

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Children’s Alley and the Street Fair are also open on that Friday, so if you prefer not to apply for an author session, there are many free events for children of all ages throughout the Book Fair grounds. You do not need to RSVP if you are only planning to take your students to Children’s Alley and the Street Fair portion that Friday.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

MARCI CANCIO-BELLO
 (305) 237-7889
 Email:mcanciob@mdc.edu

Past Events

November 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Jacqueline Woodson

In Harbor Me, six kids meet weekly to talk about what’s bothering them, with no adults to listen in. Together, they can express their feelings and fears, and grow braver and more ready for the rest of their lives.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Jason Reynolds

In the thrilling finale to the bestselling Track series, Lu may have been born to be a track star, but he has to get over some major hurdles—literal and not-so-literal—to lead his team to victory. We are proud to launch the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign right here in Miami with 2018 Indies First spokesperson Jason Reynolds! In partnership with the American Booksellers Association and Simon & Schuster.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Annie Barrows

Ivy & Bean are back with One Big Happy Family! Ivy is an only child, and she’s worried about being spoiled rotten. There’s only one solution: she needs a baby sister, quick! Luckily, Ivy and Bean know just where to get one.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Arianna Arteaga Quintero

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley En Guachipira va de viaje se cuentan las peripecias de un pequeño pájaro que busca devolver la normalidad a los miembros de su familia; para ello emprenderá un larguísimo viaje por la geografía venezolana en busca del remedio en un puñado de flores. (Libro con ilustraciones Stefano Di Cristofaro). Con el apoyo de la Fundación Cuatrogatos, el Departamento de Educación Bilingüe y Lenguas Extranjeras de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Miami Dade y Ediciones Ekaré.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Room 7128 (Building 7, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Irene Vasco

En Palenque, hace ya algún tiempo, eran pocos los que sabían leer. Letras al carbón relata cómo una niña de ese pueblo aprendió a leer para poder descifrarle a Gina, su hermana mayor, las cartas de amor que le enviaba su novio Miguel Ángel desde un lugar distante. (Libro con ilustraciones de Juan Palomino). Con el apoyo de la Fundación Cuatrogatos y el Departamento de Educación Bilingüe y Lenguas Extranjeras de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Miami Dade.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
MAGIC Screening Room (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Megan Shepherd

Grim Lovelies is part caper, part Parisian fairy tale. Anouk, a Beastie enchanted from animal to human girl, has three days to find her mistress’s killer before the spell keeping her human fades away.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Stacy McAnulty

Lucy was struck by lightning, and now she’s a math genius facing one big test—middle school! How does one solve equations of friendship and getting out of your comfort zone? Find out in The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Mark Tatulli

In his middle-school memoir, Short & Skinny, comic strip artist Mark Tatulli explores ways to bulk up both his body and his confidence to talk to his crush. But will his other obsession with Star Wars derail his body image woes?…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Room 3314 (Building 3, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Authors T Cooper & Allison Glock-Cooper

In the final installment of the bestselling Changers series, our hero changes into the body and social status of her dreams. What will she do with her newfound influence? Forever explores what it means to find yourself—even as your self keeps changing.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am
MAGIC Screening Room (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Conor McCreery

Finn and Jake find themselves traveling across different worlds on a desperate quest to find The Power that can save the land. It’s a crossover for the ages in this mash-up of Cartoon Network favorites, Adventure Time x Regular Show.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Diane Landy

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley Zap, a spunky blue alien, needs help learning about Earth and his new furry stowaway. Write your own space story in this one-of-a-kind interactive book, Adventures with Zap.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Drew Weing

Margo and Charles are having a hard time keeping the monster community secret from the growing human population. Can they keep the peace? Find out in The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo: The Monster Mall.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Chapman Conference Center (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Megan McDonald

Beloved heroine Judy Moody discovers that she might have royal blood! But what will she do about those other pesky family secrets? Find out in Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Room 7128 (Building 7, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Sergio Andricaín

Arco iris de poesía es una colección de poemas de autores de América Latina, España y Estados Unidos; en sus páginas los niños encontraran versos de escritores de diferentes épocas: desde José Martí, Rafael Pombo y Gabriela Mistral hasta Manuel Felipe Rugeles, Marina Colasanti y Graciela Genta. (Libro con ilustraciones de Olga Cuéllar). Con el apoyo de la Fundación Cuatrogatos y el Departamento de Educación Bilingüe y Lenguas Extranjeras de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Miami Dade.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Authors Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos

Zed, Brock, and their friends will have to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before to save the elves against a powerful ancient magic in this breathless sequel, The Adventurers Guild: Twilight of the Elves.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:30 am
Room 3314 (Building 3, 3rd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Kate Schatz

You might know of Malala Yousuafzai and Anne Frank, but have you heard of about Trisha Prabhu, who invented an anti-cyberbullying app at age 13? Learn about a diverse group of incredible and inspiring young women in Rad Girls Can.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Wembly’s Author Tent (Upper plaza of Children’s Alley)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Francie Latour

Upper plaza of Children’s Alley Family history and homeland come alive for a young girl in her Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings. What will she discover about herself when she has her own portrait painted?…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
MDC Live Arts Lab
300 N.E. Second Avenue (Bldg. 1, 1st floor), Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author George O’Connor

Hermes was always mischievous, bewitching animals and plaguing his fellow Olympians with chaos. Learn all about the winged messenger of the gods in Hermes: Tales of the Trickster. Sponsored by

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Auditorium (Building 1, 2nd Floor, Room 1261)
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Ibtihaj Muhammad

Everyone told Ibtihaj she would fail, but she persevered. Read about her inspiring journey from outsider to Olympic fencer, activist, and Time “100 Most Influential People” honoree in Proud: Living My American Dream.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Room 7128 (Building 7, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Paloma Muiña

El paraguas rojo cuenta la historia de Martha, una niña que siempre ha podido conseguir todo lo que quiere con solo cerrar los ojos, morderse los labios… y pedir su deseo; sin embargo, cada día que pasa se le va haciendo más difícil lograr la magia. (Libro con ilustraciones de Bea Tormo) Con el apoyo de la Fundación Cuatrogatos, el Departamento de Educación Bilingüe y Lenguas Extranjeras de las Escuelas Públicas del Condado Miami Dade y la Fundación SM.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
MAGIC Screening Room (Building 8, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

Author Sara Farizan

When Bijan Majidi suddenly finds himself a basketball celebrity—and a target for cyberbullying—he has to learn fast how to grow up, speak out, and fight prejudice, all while finishing high school in Here to Stay.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Room 3209 (Building 3, 2nd Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Soman Chainani

The students at the School for Good and Evil face danger on their quests, and the stakes are even higher. Who will survive? Who will save them? Find out in the fourth installment of this bestselling series, Quests for Glory. Sponsored by

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Room 2106 (Building 2, 1st Floor)
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States

National Book Foundation Presents the Teen Press Conference

High school students from Miami-Dade County Public Schools play the role of reporters as they direct questions to Nominees for the 2018 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. Students participating as citizen journalists have been pre-selected. This session is open to those who would like to watch the event in action! Featured Authors: BRYAN BLISS, We’ll Fly Away, JOY MCCULLOUGH, Blood Water Paint, VESPER STAMPER, What the Night Sings, and EUGENE YELCHIN, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge.…

Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 9:30 am
Chapman Conference Center at MDC Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States

Author Dhonielle Clayton

In a world where people are born gray and damned, and can only be made beautiful with the help of The Belles, our heroine must decide how to use her powers—save herself, save the princess, or save her world. Sponsored by

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