AUTHOR VISITS

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A heartfelt middle-grade novel about a theater-loving girl who uses a wheelchair for mobility and her quest to defy expectations—and gravity—from Tony award–winning actress Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz
It's been an Amazon Bestseller, #1 New Release, and Editor's Pick; and was named one of Amazon's Best Books of 2021. The National Education Association selected it as a featured title for Read Across America. It was also a Chicago Public Library's Best Kids Fiction Book of 2021, a PARENTS' Best Children's Books 2021 Winner, and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year. It has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tamron Hall Show, Parents Magazine, The Associated Press, New York Live, Broadway World, Broadway.com, Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal, Kirkus Reviews Magazine, Story Monsters Ink Magazine, The Week Jr. Magazine, and Lollipop Theater Network.

Typically, Stacy facilitates one to four 45-minute workshops, reaching students from fourth to eighth grade. The workshops are theatrical and inspiring. Virtual is available!

Stacy has different rates for the NYC Department of Education public schools, schools in the Tristate area, schools outside the Tristate area, virtual visits, camps, book clubs, and virtual book clubs. 

To learn more, reach her directly at Stacy.Davidowitz@gmail.com.

She responds fast.

In the meantime:​

Download the Reading Guide with discussion questions and writing prompts - perfect for book clubbers, teachers, and fans!

Visit NEA - Read Across America's Resources for THE CHANCE TO FLY, their August 2021 Book of the Month! 

Word Up - The Chance To Fly: A conversation with authors Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz 4-23-2021
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Word Up - The Chance To Fly: A conversation with authors Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz 4-23-2021

Purchase book here https://www.wordupbooks.com/event/chance-fly-conversation-authors-ali-stroker-and-stacy-davidowitz Ali Stroker broke ground as the first person in a wheelchair to act on Broadway and win a Tony Award. Join Ali and author Stacy Davidowitz as they discuss and take questions about disability representation in the arts, their childhood theater experiences, and why their middle-grade novel The Chance to Fly is so important for readers now. ABOUT THE CHANCE TO FLY Thirteen-year-old Nat Beacon loves a lot of things: her dog Warbucks, her best friend Chloe, and competing on her wheelchair racing team, the Zoomers, to name a few. But there’s one thing she’s absolutely OBSESSED with: MUSICALS! From Hamilton to Les Mis, there’s not a cast album she hasn’t memorized and belted along to. She’s never actually been in a musical though, or even seen an actor who uses a wheelchair for mobility on stage. Would someone like Nat ever get cast? But when Nat’s family moves from California to New Jersey, Nat stumbles upon auditions for a kids’ production of Wicked, one of her favorite musicals ever! And she gets into the ensemble! The other cast members are super cool and inclusive (well, most of them)— especially Malik, the male lead and cutest boy Nat’s ever seen. But when things go awry a week before opening night, will Nat be able to cast her fears and insecurities aside and “Defy Gravity” in every sense of the song title? ABOUT THE AUTHORS Ali Stroker made history as the first person in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway and win a Tony Award. She made her Broadway debut in the revival of Spring Awakening and then played Ado Annie in the revival of Oklahoma! Ali graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and has starred and recurred in numerous television shows including “Glee.” Her work as a humanitarian includes speaking and performing around the world helping people with and without disabilities through her message of “Making your Limitations into Opportunities.” This is her debut novel. Stacy Davidowitz is the author of the Camp Rolling Hills series and coauthor of Camp Rolling Hills the Musical, which continues to have productions across the country. She is also the author of the Hanazuki chapter-book series based on Hasbro’s YouTube series. Stacy has written award-winning plays that have been produced regionally and internationally. When she is not writing, she teaches creative writing and musical theater in schools, foster care facilities, and juvenile detention centers. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, where she earned degrees in drama and acting. Stacy lives in Manhattan with her husband and twin boys.
Ali Stroker Is Changing the Narrative About Living with Disabilities One Role At a Time
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"A story both fine and also uplifting—in both senses of the word, moral and physical!"

GREGORY MAGUIRE, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked

 

“Every theater kid in the world will instantly fall in love with Nat Beacon and relate to her story of perseverance. The Chance To Fly is as unique, inspirational, and full of heart as Ali Stroker is herself. She and Stacy Davidowitz will make readers laugh, cry, and teach them the true meaning of defying gravity.”

CHRIS COLFER, New York Times bestselling author and Golden Globe winning actor

 

“The perfect read for any dream chaser . . . You’ll realize how unlimited your possibilities are.”

KRISTIN CHENOWETH, Tony and Emmy Award winning actress and singer

“I only wish that The Chance to Fly was written when I was a teenager. Ali Stroker is a powerful role model for all youth and adults alike . . . We are living in changing times where audiences are clamoring for greater diversity. A Tony Award winner whose voice soars, whose energy brings us all to cheer is an example of what is possible.”

JUDITH HEUMANN, International Disability Rights Activist, author of Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Me

“Anyone who loves to dream and has a love for theater will greatly appreciate The Chance to Fly. This book reminds everyone that it is a beautiful thing to be different and to be passionate about doing what you love.”

SOPHIA GENNUSA, Tony Honored actress for her title role in Matilda

"Bolstered by realistic dialogue and Nat’s engaging internal narrative, this endearing novel will entrance a new generation of theater lovers and charm older ones with its allusions to beloved shows.”

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, **STARRED REVIEW**

"The authors know their stuff—Tony Award–winner Stroker was the first wheelchair user to be cast in a Broadway play, and Davidowitz is a playwright—and it shows. Fun, honest, and uplifting: applause!"

KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Seeing the obstacles Nat faces daily and watching her learn to advocate for herself may inspire readers to do the same. Serious scenes, like Nat's crush Malik discussing his experience as the only Black student in school, and learning why Nat uses a wheelchair are poignant, as is Nat's evolving relationship with her parents... Young disabled performers will be excited to see representation, and all readers will be rooting for Nat."

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

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Huge thanks to the schools, camps, libraries, bookstores, festivals, podcasts, and theaters that have hosted author visits. Stacy has loved working with such enthusiastic and curious readers!

 

Schools

Lakeside Elementary School - Merrick, NY
Chatterton Elementary School - Merrick, NY
Birch Elementary School - Merrick, NY
PS 527 - Upper East Side, NYC
PS 166 - Long Island City, Queens, NYC
Long Island City High School - Queens, NYC

Roskruge Bilingual Magnet Elementary + Middle School - Tucson, AZ

PS 198 - Upper East Side, NYC

The Cathedral School - NYC

West Windsor-Plainsboro North High School - NJ

Calhoun High School - Merrick, NY

PS 111 - Long Island City, Queens, NYC

PS 284 - Brooklyn, NYC

PS 132 - Washington Heights, NYC

Ridgewood High School, NJ

Ridgewood Middle School, NJ

Business Technology Early College High School, Queens, NYC

Avenues: The World School, NYC

Osgoode Public School, Ottawa, Ontario

Sangha Education Center, Jericho, NY

Fieldstone Middle School, NJ

Camps
Tyler Hill Camp - PA
Camp Louise - MD
ACT at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine - NYC

Operation Exodus - NYC
 

Libraries + Bookstores
Aguilar New York Public Library - Harlem, NYC
Books of Wonder - NYC
Astoria Bookshop - Queens, NY
Barnes & Noble - Woodland Park, NJ
The Children's Bookstore - Baltimore, MD
Talk Story Bookstore - Kauai, Hawaii

Hudson CO-OP - NYC

Word Up Community Bookstore - NYC

Barnes & Noble - Union Square, NYC

Bookends Bookstore - Ridgewood, NJ

University Bookstore - Seattle, WA

CAMP Stores - NYC

Merrick Library - Merrick, NY

The Drama Book Shop, NYC

 

Festivals

National Book Festival, Washington D.C.
ALA Midwinter Conference

MPIBA SpringCon 

Princeton Children's Book Festival, NJ
New York Musical Festival, NYC

Maplewood-South Orange (MAPSO) Book Festival, NJ
 

Media
Happy Campers Podcast
Campfires and Color Wars Podcast

Hoboken Children's Theater at Mile Square Theatre

Lollipop Theater Network Virtual Storytime

Story Monsters Ink Magazine

The Week Junior Magazine

Broadway.com

Broadway World

and featuring my co-author Ali Stroker:

GMA 3 (Good Morning America) 

The TODAY Show

The Tamron Hall Show

The Associated Press

New York Live

Parents Magazine IG Live + April Book Club Pick

Kirkus Reviews Magazine

Broadway Profiles with Tamsen Fadal