Talking with Authors: Dustin Thao, You’ve Reached Sam
Grades: 9 - 12

Video Description: Dustin Thao’s highly anticipated debut young adult novel “You’ve Reached Sam” was selected for major publication through #DVPIT – a Twitter event showcasing book pitches from marginalized voices. In this interview, Dustin discusses his unique publishing journey and his powerful novel of young love and loss.

Type of Video: Interview*
Unique Video ID: Literature-193**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with a student activity that has them writing stories specifically for a young adult audience. What insights do they gain from the authors and the discussion of the genre that they can use as they write their own stories?


*Interviews feature extended conversation exploring fascinating topics with fascinating people in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.