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Are you or someone you love or work with a current or former foster kid? Or have you read The Quiet You Carry or Quiet No More and would like to talk with the author? Individuals or groups can book a talk with me to chat about writing, foster care, beating the odds against me to live my dreams, or anything else that you have in mind!

Nikki Barthelmess

45 Minute Program



Individuals or groups can book a chat with me to talk about writing, being an author, my childhood as a foster kid, how I beat the odds against me to live the life of my dreams, and more. I've given speeches to groups of hundreds of people as well as led small-group discussions related to my experience in foster care. I love sharing the ways I was able to separate myself from bad habits and people who brought me down, build and maintain healthy relationships, discover a career path that could bring me joy and go after it, and create the fulfilling and happy life I now lead. This talk is recommended for groups, but individuals are also welcome.

About the Author

Nikki Barthelmess is an award-winning author of young adult books, including The Quiet You Carry, Quiet No More (Flux), and Everything Within and in Between (HarperChildren’s, fall 2021).

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