For Educators

I am excited to offer special incentives to educators who order Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe for their classroom libraries! 

Please email to let us know that you bought the book, and we will send you a signed poster for your classroom, bookmark revision tools, and a flowering plant fort kitYou will also be entered to win a Skype or in-person visit to your classroom. 

In order to schedule a school event, email and please put the name of your city and state in the subject line.

Click here for the Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe EDUCATOR GUIDE

Click here for Lesson Plans with South Carolina state standards on ETV’s Learning Why

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Click here for the Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe ACTIVITY GUIDE

Click here for Book Club Questions 


Jo Hackl’s presentation to our students about her book Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe was exceptional. Her presentation was full of tips for every step of the writing process, which clearly laid out her journey to becoming an author of a published book. Our students were impressed with the lengths she went to gain first-hand experiences such as taking survival classes and sleeping in the woods. If you are looking for an inspiring presentation that will fascinate teachers and students, I highly recommend inviting Jo Hackl to your school.

—Stephen Cook, Camperdown Academy

Jo Hackl’s presentation to my 7th grade English classes provided enriching, interesting, and important information about books, writing, and the writing process. She explained how she developed the concept of her book and how she researched, which was wonderful for my young writers to hear as they study historical fiction. Perhaps most beneficial was her advice about being curious, writing often, and ignoring spelling and grammar until one’s first draft is complete. How encouraging for my students to get a behind-the-scenes look at the journey of writing a book! I would highly recommend Jo Hackl as a guest speaker for any unit on writing.

—Allison O’Rear, CCES

League Academy Middle School students enjoyed a recent visit from….author of Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, Jo Hackl. Our students were inspired talking with Jo about writing and were captivated when she read the sequence of her main character Cricket’s heart stopping encounter with a copperhead snake! Students all want to know more and they cannot wait to read Smack Dab when it comes out in July!

—Regina Joseph, League Academy

To contact Jo, please email