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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Adam P. Schmitt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Schmitt has lived outside of Chicago his entire life. He currently lives in Oswego.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adam P. Schmitt has been a middle-school educator for more than fifteen years. "Speechless" is his debut middle-grade novel.


Speechless Starred Review, Kirkus starred review, BCCB Finalist, Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, 2019 Indies Introduced Selection, 2018 Indie Next Top 10 anticipated children’s books for winter, 18-19 NY Public Library top 100 Children’s books, 2018 Junior Library Guild selection Illinois READS Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2019

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability: Yes.

For appearances or school visits please email the author directly.

Selected Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 9781536200928. OCLC Number: 1023086888

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As if being stuffed into last year's dress pants at his cousin's wake weren't uncomfortable enough, thirteen-year-old Jimmy has just learned from his mother that he has to say a few words at the funeral the next day. Why him? What could he possibly say about his cousin, who ruined everything they did? He can't recall one birthday party, family gathering, or school event with Patrick that didn't result in injury or destruction. As Jimmy attempts to navigate the odd social norms of the wake, he draws on humor, heartfelt concern, and a good deal of angst while racking his brain and his memory for a decent and meaningful memory to share. But it's not until faced with a microphone that the realization finally hits him: it's not the words that are spoken that matter the most, but those that are truly heard.--Publisher.