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Beth Vrabel

Beth Vrabel won a story contest in fourth grade and promptly decided writing was what she was going to do with her life. (To tell you the truth, she got fourth place.) Twenty-five years later, she had her first book signing at that same library. Beth is author of Cybils'-nominated Caleb and Kit, ILA award-winning A Blind Guide to Stinkville, the Pack of Dorks and The Newspaper Club series. To Tell You the Truth releases in June 2021. When she’s not visiting schools to talk about storytelling, Beth’s in New England with her family, two over-Instagrammed dogs and six chickens.


Coffee Chat: So You Want to Be a Writer

Fill your mug, literal and metaphorical, with creative fuel during this casual chat, geared for adults. If you're considering a career as a writer, there's a place for you at this table. Beth will share her journey to breaking into the industry and insight for those interested in learning more about publishing.

Beth Vrabel

30 Minute Program

You've got this!

Sometimes the scariest monster a young writer will face is a blank white page. Other times, it's just as intimidating to take on revisions. This is an opportunity to connect with Beth and tackle those tough moments together. She'll remind writers of the power in storytelling and give them the boost they need to take on all its thorniest steps.

Beth Vrabel

30 Minute Program

Get the Scoop!

Want the scoop? Beth will dish on what life is like as an author, including peeks at her writing space, writing and revision processes, and what she's working on now. This question and answer presentation will focus on readers’ publishing and writing questions and inspire them to tackle stories of their own.

Beth Vrabel

30 Minute Program

Extra! Extra! Make Your Own Newspaper Club!

Welcome to The Newspaper Club, cub reporters! As Nellie says, “What could more exciting than kicking off a brand new newspaper—one that we could create entirely on our own?” The goal of most newspapers is to report the news and not be the news, but when it comes to a family or class newspaper, you and the other members are primary sources. This…

Beth Vrabel

45 Minute Program

Writing with Grit

Beth will show how young writers can reimagine and relive their own experiences to write a story only they can share. Using clear steps, she'll showcase the steps to bring a story from concept to page. This presentation will inspire even reluctant young writers to harness their power to be the hero of their own stories.

Beth Vrabel

45 Minute Program

Beth Vrabel is an award-winning writer of humorous, heartfelt novels that feature characters full of grace and grit.

Vrabel’s books for young readers have been recognized as an ILA winner, a Bank Street Book, Junior Library Guild selection, VOYA Top Shelf Book and a Cybils finalist. Her books also have been finalists for the Mark Twain Award, Great Stone Face Book Award, the South Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Louisiana Young Reader’s Choice Award, the Bluestem, and Rhode Island Middle School Book Award.

Both her 2014 debut novel, Pack of Dorks (Sky Pony Press) and most recent book, The Newspaper Club (2020, Running Press) earned coveted Kirkus stars.

Of Caleb and Kit (2017, Running Press), Booklist said: “Filled with smart, witty, and magical writing, Kit and Caleb, and those around them, come to vibrant life in this heartbreaking story about the ties that bring people together, and the difficulties of facing the truth.”

Vrabel loves meeting with young readers and writers through school, club and library visits, both in person and virtual. She shares her family’s adventures in their quirky, charming New England town on her social media pages.

Check out Beth online:

The Humiliations of Pipi McGee

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Blind Guide to Normal

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Camp Dork

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Caleb and Kit

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The Reckless Club

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Bringing Me Back

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Pack of Dorks

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The Newspaper Club: The Cubs Get the Scoop

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A Blind Guide to Stinkville

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Super Dorks

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To Tell You the Truth

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The Newspaper Club

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