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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam P. Schmitt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: , in

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Illinois Connection

Schmitt has lived outside of Chicago his entire life. He currently lives in Oswego.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adam P. Schmitt has been a middle-school educator for more than fifteen years. "Speechless" is his debut middle-grade novel.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1536200921

Candlewick. 2018

How do you give a eulogy when you can’t think of one good thing to say? A poignant, funny, and candid look at grief, family secrets, difficult people, and learning to look behind the facade.

As if being stuffed into last year’s dress pants at his cousin’s wake weren’t uncomfortable enough, thirteen-year-old Jimmy has just learned from his mother that he has to say a few words at the funeral the next day. Why him? What could he possibly say about his cousin, who ruined everything they did? He can’t recall one birthday party, family gathering, or school event with Patrick that didn’t result in injury or destruction. As Jimmy attempts to navigate the odd social norms of the wake, he draws on humor, heartfelt concern, and a good deal of angst while racking his brain and his memory for a decent and meaningful memory to share. But it’s not until faced with a microphone that the realization finally hits him: it’s not the words that are spoken that matter the most, but those that are truly heard.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes. For appearances or school visits please email the author directly.