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Fairview Elementary 4th Grade Field Trip
Fairview Elementary 4th Grade Field Trip
Grandview Elementary Author Talk
St. Jude School Author Visit
St. Jude School Author Visit


The Waldameer Mystery Files children's book series is a great fit for schools because each book:

  • Includes Discussion Questions and Activities for easy lesson plans​​

  • Is written by an Erie author, about a place students love--Waldameer!

  • Highlights themes of empathy, integrity, friendship, and teamwork

  • Features characters of different races/ethnicities, including English Language Learners

I'm a teacher, librarian, or principal. How can I use the Waldameer Mystery Files book series?

  • Add a local author to your school or classroom library

  • Read and discuss the books as a class

  • Sell the books at your book fair

  • Use the books as a school-wide read

  • Engage students with an author Q&A, in-person or virtually

  • Inspire students with an author talk, in-person or virtually (see below for preview)

Teachers: About


"My second-grade class loves reading The Waldameer Mystery Series. We just started the 3rd book. Mr. Gorman's visit was the highlight of our year! We can't wait for our field trip to Waldameer in the spring!"

- Mrs. Goss, 2nd Grade Teacher, St. Jude School

"Mr. Gorman was a pleasure to work with! We asked him to come speak at our school as a kick-off event for our SWPBIS system this school year; he adjusted his presentation to accommodate The Westlake Way and discuss the 3 R's (Respect, Responsible, Resilient) with our students! Mr. Gorman was highly engaging - our students truly enjoyed learning about Waldameer and his fabulous books! We hope to have Mr. Gorman visit again next year!"

- Ms. McCaughtry, Asst. Principal, Westlake MS

"I checked out Mr. Gorman's first novel from the local library, and it was our family read-aloud before bedtime. We moved quickly through the chapters because my son was always eager to move through the twisting plot to get to the exciting resolution. Having this personal experience with my own child led me to reach out to Mr. Gorman about planning a district-wide Title I event where our students would be offered a copy of his novel. Mr. Gorman put together a video for our students and families that brought his book together with the other components of our event. We have heard nothing except compliments about the event and found that Mr. Gorman was easy to communicate with and very quick with his shipments and creation of media."

- Ms. DeFrances, Reading Teacher, Cambridge Springs ES

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