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Alyson has spoken at public and private schools around the country, at the American Library Association conference, National Council of Teachers of English conference, the URJ Biennial, as well as at synagogues, hospitals, and nonprofits. Her presentations are interactive and engaging, even when they are virtual. They are designed for adults of every age as well as kids 8 and up.

Alyson Gerber speaking at school

— Julie Ogden

The Pike School

"My 7th graders recently had a Skype visit with Alyson that I arranged so that they could talk to her about Braced... She engaged them with stories and observations about the writing process that made them feel a personal and genuine connection to her and her work and that elicited many gasps of insight as well as laughs. They have been talking about it ever since.”


— Rabbi Allison Berry

Temple Sharon

"Temple Shalom was thrilled to welcome author Alyson Gerber to our community. Alyson seamlessly understood the mindsets, challenges and sensitivities of our young people and created an inspiring and deep learning experience for them about friendship, inclusion, and difference."


—  Stephanie Tankel

Director of Education, Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C.

“From start to finish, Alyson had the students on the edge of their seats. They were riveted by her and felt comfortable sharing their own personal experiences, journeys and struggles. We can’t wait to welcome her back to our school next year.” 


‘Thoughtful and powerful’

– The New York Times Book Review

Taking up Space

Take Up Space Book Cover
Focused Book Cover

 “An accurate and compassionate picture of growing up with ADHD is the icing on the cake of this well-told novel.”

– Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Braced Book Cover

“Comparisons to Judy Blume’s Deenie (1973) might be inevitable, but Rachel stands admirably on her own.”

– Kirkus Reviews, starred review


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