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T.A. Barron

T.A. Barron, creator of the beloved series The Lost Years of Merlin and The Great Tree of Avalon, began his explorations of fantasy worlds as a student at Oxford University. He cites two main areas of inspiration for his tales: heroism and the environment. T.A. Barron's belief that every child has the potential to be a hero led him to write The Hero's Trail, featuring real-life stories about young heroes, and to create The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, which celebrates children who have helped change the world. An environmental activist, Barron co-founded the Princeton Environmental Institute in 1990, which recently created the T.A. Barron Prize for Environmental Leadership. Barron lives in Colorado with his wife and children.

Visit T.A. Barron and get access to even more resources at www.tabarron.com or at his publisher website.

Click here to download a FREE discussion guide to The Lost Years of Merlin series by T.A. Barron, filled with lesson plan ideas, discussion questions, and activity suggestions.

Learn even more from this recent interview with T.A. Barron about why Merlin is such an awesome character—and why he has won people's hearts for centuries: www.tabarron.com/the-lost-years-of-merlin-interview.

Check out these two trailers, both for T.A. Barron's author documentary and to the Dream Big trailer, which profiles some of the amazing young people who have won the Barron Prize for Young Heroes.

For more information about the Gloria Barron prize for young heroes, visit www.barronprize.org.

Click here to see more information about T.A. Barron and his books.

If you are interested in having T.A. Barron make an appearance at your school, library, or conference, please use the online request form or send an email to authorvisits[at]us.penguingroup.com with possible dates, your school name, location, details about the day, and your contact information.


Author Appearance Q&A with T.A. Barron:

What can a school, library, or conference expect when you are making an appearance? What do you do differently with audiences of varying sizes, ages, and interests?

My goal is simple: Dazzle folks with the fun and adventure of stories! I will share many stories about heroes (both real and imagined), magical places, family, and the wonders of nature.

What makes your author appearances unique?

Travel in imagination is what my events are about—voyaging to many wondrous places: Merlin's magical isle of Fincayra, a lost Native American tribe, secrets at the bottom of the sea, a distant galaxy, and more! Also, I always take time to talk about the potential hero in every young person—and to encourage kids to do something positive to help the world.

Do you enjoy making appearances for adult audiences? What do you do when presenting to adults?

I love talking to any audience of adults. My events focus on the magic of story, the inspiration of nature, and the hero in every child.

What can schools and libraries do to ensure a successful appearance?

Bring as many people as possible! And, oh yes, a glass of water is always appreciated. Also, I will need a microphone plus AV equipment to show a PowerPoint presentation as well as a short DVD on young heroes.

Do you enjoy traveling to other parts of the country for appearances?

Yes, I love to travel. But I do miss my wife and kids back in Colorado.

Do you ever make appearances at more than one school in an area? Could schools and libraries from one area join together to bring you to their institution?

Best to bring together as many people as possible for a single, unified group presentation.

What do you hope your audience will come away with from your presentation?

Inspiration—of their own power to make a difference! And also a renewed appreciation for protecting the Earth's environment.

What was your favorite appearance experience?

After more than twenty years of doing this, I have too many wonderful memories to recount! My writing room in the attic of my Colorado home is literally overflowing with gifts and reminders of these good times and the great kindness of people.


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