For teachers

Virtual school visits

The Writer’s Journey – a techno-thriller years in the making


30 to 45 minutes – Grades 3 to 8. Sheila’s virtual visit shares the story of how she went from technology journalist to author with her techno-thriller FRIEND ME. Get an insight into the life of main character Roisin, who’s the daughter of robotics engineers, and Roisin’s experiences of cyberbullying. The interactive session includes a reading, true or false games about how we use technology, and question-and-answer session covering themes of cybersafety, anti-bullying and resilience. Sheila’s own journey to publication took 17 years and over 100 rejections before signing with Scholastic.

North America school visits can be arranged through Scholastic Press New York: please contact Sabrina Montenigro.

For UK school visits, please contact Live Literature. School visits in Scotland may qualify for Live Literature funding to cover the cost of an author visit.


Author reading

Hear a chapter 1 reading from FRIEND ME by Sheila M. Averbuch

Friend Me vocabulary quiz – Vocabulary List : Vocabulary.com

Test yourself on words from chapters 1 and 2 of FRIEND ME by Sheila M. Averbuch (Scholastic Press), a story about a bullied seventh-grader whose bully has a bad accident, and she starts to worry that her new best friend, who she only knows online, might be responsible: see the FRIEND ME vocabulary quiz here.

Friend Me discussion questions

Engage students in a thoughtful exploration of the text with these discussion questions for FRIEND ME.

FRIEND ME word search

Try this FRIEND ME word search as a classroom activity.

Accelerated Reader quiz

Find the Accelerated Reader quiz for Friend Me here


Anti-bullying resources

Creating a Safe and Respectful Environment in Our Nation’s Classrooms

Around 20% of students ages 12-18 in the US reported being bullied during the 2017-18 school year.

Teachers play a critical role in intervening in bullying behavior and creating a positive classroom climate.

See this training resource for classroom teachers and other educators from the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.

What to do if you experience or witness cyberbullying

Explore PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center‘s advice on what students and parents should know about cyberbullying, and what to do if they experience or witness it, especially as Covid-19 disrupts traditional learning patterns: