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A free PDF of a Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament curriculum guide is here: Lexi Magill Curriculum Guide

A free PDF of a Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament activity kit is here: Activity Kit for LEXI MAGILL


I would love to visit your school or library!

Currently, I offer a presentation best suited for grades 3-6. In my 45-minute to 1 hour “How to  Create a Story” presentation, young writers will learn how to use their own experiences as a springboard for ideas and how to transform those ideas into a cohesive story. Using Lexi Magill and the Teleportation Tournament to show how to develop an idea into a real story and the researching and revising that goes along with it, my interactive PowerPoint presentation includes:

  •     Pictures and stories from my childhood that made  me imagine a world where teleportation was real.
  •     A discussion of how to brainstorm ideas that will work with a story: I will explain the building blocks and challenges I faced in deciding which ideas worked with my story and which ideas I had to toss aside in conjunction with showing how important revision is to the story writing process.
  •     Research: I will talk about how I used the library to research scientists, countries, and fun locations included in my book story to create the tournament course and puzzles for the competitors to solve.
  •    A mini teleportation tournament with puzzle solving and a “trip” to another country applying the above concepts

A Q&A session opportunity for students to ask questions about writing and publishing (time permitting).


Host School/Library to provide:

• Microphone
• Digital projector, screen, computer (author will bring flash drive)


Hometown Discount Rate: If you are a school in Du Page, Kane, western Cook County suburbs (i.e. Brookfield, North Riverside, or similar), or northern Cook County suburbs (i.e. Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village, Arlington Heights, or similar): $250 for a 45-60 minute assembly. No mileage fee. Book sales to go through Anderson’s Naperville, Downers Grove, or La Grange stores.

For other locations: $750/day for up to three 1-hour presentations that day. No mileage/travel fee for schools/libraries located in the following Illinois counties: Cook, DeKalb, Du Page, Kane, and Will. For all other locations, 50 cents/mile fee will be calculated. If overnight stays are required, please contact me for specifics!


If you are interested in scheduling a visit, please complete the contact form, and I will get back to you!


Fantastic visit with Kim Long! Her presentation was geared around writing a story and then became interactive with the students. Engaging author visit and Kim was great with the students! — Dawn Maly, Patterson Elementary, Naperville Illinois






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