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PJ HOOVER 

P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her middle grade novel, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life (Starscape/Macmillan, September 16, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who's been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. Tut is on the Texas Lone Star list for 2015. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own.

Check out PJ Hoover's Website for more information.

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A note from P. J.:

I love to talk and give workshops for all ages of children and adults, and I would love to visit your school! I am also a polished public speaker and would love to present to your group or organization.

A Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Aligned Analysis and Post-Presentation Discussion & Writing Lesson Application Guide for my author presentations that is appropriate for Grades 3-12 can be found and downloaded here.

I present to kids of all ages, and my favorite presentation is
"My Quest for the Golden Fleece: 12 Things I've Learned on my Hero's Journey.”

Structured around mythology and The Hero’s Journey, I talk about the importance of goal setting (and sticking to those goals!), facing fears, and getting back up after failure to try again and again until success is achieved. I also talk about the writing process, from ideas to revisions, from rejections to publication.

For kids who are interested in mythology or who are learning about The Hero's Journey, it is a great tie-in because they can relate.

My YA novel Solstice is aimed at 6th grade and up, and my Forgotten Worlds trilogy and King Tut book are aimed at 3rd grade and up. Awards, honors, and reviews for my books can be found on the individual book pages on my website.

I'm also happy to customize my speech for your group. Please contact me to discuss.

For my current schedule, please check my schedule page.



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TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE (Starscape/Macmillan, September 16, 2014)
Middle Grade Egyptian Mythology/Fantasy

Texas Lone Star list for 2015

You’d think it would be great being an Egyptian demigod, but if King Tut has to sit through eighth grade one more time, he’ll mummify himself.

Granted the gift of immortality by the gods—or is it a curse?—Tut has been stuck in middle school for ages. Even worse, evil General Horemheb, the man who killed Tut’s father and whom Tut imprisoned in a tomb for three thousand years, is out and after him. The general is in league with the Cult of Set, a bunch of guys who worship one of the scariest gods of the Egyptian pantheon—Set, the god of Chaos.

The General and the Cult of Set have plans for Tut… and if Tut doesn’t find a way to keep out of their clutches, he’ll never make it to the afterworld alive.

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SOLSTICE (Tor Teen/Macmillan, June 2013)
Young Adult Dystopian/Mythology

Piper's world is dying. Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.

Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed—a sphere of gods and monsters—and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.

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The Forgotten Worlds Book 1: THE EMERALD TABLET (CBay Books, October 2008)
Middle Grade Science-Fiction/Fantasy

Benjamin and his best friend Andy are different from normal. They love being able to read each other's minds and use telekinesis to play tricks on other kids. In fact, they are getting all set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin's mirror starts talking. Suddenly, Benjamin's looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace which can only be reached by a teleporter inside the ugly picture in his hallway.
And that's the most normal thing he does all summer.

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The Forgotten Worlds Book 2: THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD (CBay Books, October 2009)
Middle Grade Science-Fiction/Fantasy

At the end of summer school, Benjamin was given one task—find his missing brothers. Should be easy right? But Benjamin can't locate a trace of them anywhere. Then he finds a mysterious file written in ancient Lemurian with his name on it, which wouldn't be so weird except the file happens to be several thousand years old. Who would have known about Benjamin that long ago? And then Benjamin and his friends begin to wonder, have they been looking not in the wrong place, but in the wrong time?

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The Forgotten Worlds Book 3: THE NECROPOLIS (CBay Books, October 2010)
Middle Grade Science-Fiction/Fantasy

The situation in Lemuria is rapidly deteriorating. In fact teleportation between the hidden continent and the outside world has become so dangerous, all agents and their families have been recalled. Although Benjamin is psyched to be living in Lemuria full time, he knows he needs to find his last brother soon. However, between classes, a murderous half-brother, and complications with his friend Heidi, Benjamin can barely focus. Besides, there’s only one place left they haven’t searched—the hidden continent of Atlantis.