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One should always be a little improbable. ~ Oscar Wilde

Author Visits

School Visits (preK - 12)

Julia’s presentations are specifically tailored for both the age range and group size of the intended audience. Each presentation is a fast-paced, interactive experience, incorporating a variety of book-based activities to involve the audience, such as choral read-alouds, readers’ theater, “pop quizzes,” and multimedia props. As a former school librarian, Julia draws upon her experience with a variety of literacy strategies to ensure that her presentations inform as well as entertain.

Rates (as of 4/2017)

$1200/day for 3 presentations (30 minutes for preK-1st grade, 45 minutes for all others).

Travel expenses additional for visits beyond a 100 mile radius of Ottawa, Illinois.

*Discounts available for multiple day bookings.*

**NEW for 2017 - 2018! Travel fees waived and discounts available for schools within a 50 mile radius of St. Louis, MO or the Quad Cities, IA/IL.** 

For more information, please email juliadurango@yahoo.com


The Second Guard

By J. D. Vaughn
Cover art by Kelley McMorris

Disney Hyperion Books
April 2015

A carefully crafted and empowering coming-of-age tale that adds welcome diversity to the fantasy shelves. Kirkus

Teens will cheer for Tali and her friends and appreciate the rich setting in this well-written and engaging fantasy. ~ School Library Journal

In the peaceful realm of Tequende, all second-born children as the age of fifteen must journal to the Alcazar to fulfill the mandate of the Oath of Guilds. There they train to earn a place among the queen's legendary Second Guard, or work as indentured servants.Talimendra has always wanted to join the Guard, but there are dark rumors in the queendom that she may not be ready for. Rumors that whisper of greed, traitors, and war.There is very little time and too many unanswered questions, but one thing is for certain: if there is a traitor among the Second Guard, then everyone-including the queen-is in grave danger.
J. D. Vaughn is the pen name of Julia Durango and Tracie Vaughn Zimmer.
Buy the book

If your local bookstore does not have this book on the shelf, they should be able to order it for you. To find an independent bookseller near you, check 
IndieBound (US only).

You can also order it from online retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble