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Sheila M Averbuch

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Contact: [email protected]
Local authority: East Lothian
Languages: English
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Sheila M. Averbuch is a former tech journalist who's interviewed billionaires, hackers and would-be Mars colonists. She writes fiction for middle grade and is bewitched by and suspicious of technology in equal measure. For 2021 she offers virtual school visits, aimed at Primary 5 through S2, talking about her background as a journalist and author of Friend Me – a middle grade thriller about a bulled girl called Roisin whose bully has a bad accident and she starts to worry that her new best friend, who she only knows online, may be responsible.

Sheila provides an insight into the technology in Roisin's life – from her robotic cat to her Alexa-style home assistant – and about Roisin’s experiences getting bullied via direct message and social media, including the ways that Roisin handles this. Sheila’s interactive session includes a reading from the book, role-playing and true-or-false games with students, and a question and answer session, covering themes of cybersafety, anti-bullying and resilience. Sheila’s own journey to publication took 17 years and over 100 rejections before signing a deal with Scholastic.

Sheila is a 2019 awardee of the Scottish Book Trust’s New Writers Award and has read her work at Portobello Book Festival.

(Photo credit: Rob McDougall)

Local authorities will visit

Aberdeen City; Aberdeenshire; Angus; Argyll and Bute; Clackmannanshire; Dumfries and Galloway; Dundee; East Ayrshire; East Dunbartonshire; East Lothian; East Renfrewshire; Edinburgh City; Falkirk; Fife; Glasgow City; Highland; Inverclyde; Midlothian; Moray; Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles); North Ayrshire; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Perth and Kinross; Renfrewshire; Scottish Borders; Shetland; South Ayrshire; South Lanarkshire; Stirling; West Dunbartonshire; West Lothian

Events will deliver

Panel event; Reading; Talk; Chairing events

Topics of work

Adolescence; Contemporary fiction; Friendship; Mystery & thriller; Publishing & getting published; Science fiction

Age groups published for

Children; Teens

Age groups will work with

9-11; 12-14

Audience size

0-10; 11-30