Author Adam Rubin went on tour recently to promote his new middle grade short story collection The Human Kaboom (Putnam). He traveled across eight states over the course of his two-week tour; we’ve rounded up the highlights.

Rubin kicked off his tour on February 21 in North Carolina with visits to Crains Creek Middle School and Uwharrie Charter - UCA Middle School, hosted by the Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, N.C.

On February 22, Rubin made visits to two schools in Raleigh, N.C., St. Raphael Catholic School and Conn Elementary, in partnership with Quail Ridge Bookstore. Here, Rubin speaks with students at Conn Elementary.

Little Shop of Stories in Atlanta hosted Rubin for school visits to St. Martin's Episcopal School and The Schenck School on February 23.

Rubin made a stop in Tallahassee, Fla., to visit Sabal Palm Elementary School, Roberts Elementary School, and Maclay School, hosted by local bookstore Midtown Reader.

Rubin was welcomed by a sign from Evelyn Turlington Elementary in Hockley, Tex., where he held a school visit sponsored by Houston’s Blue Willow Bookshop.

On February 28, Rubin headed to BookPeople in Austin, Tex., to speak with students at Hill Country Middle School and Reed Elementary.

The Novel Neighbor in St. Louis, Mo., hosted Rubin for visits to Henderson Elementary School, Bristol Elementary School, and an evening event for the public at the St. Louis County Library.

Rubin made appearances at Wrightstown Elementary School and Goodnoe Elementary School students, hosted by Newtown Books in Newtown, Pa., where he read students’ versions of Human Kaboom stories.

Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, N.Y., welcomed Rubin (l.) for a stop on the tour, where Mr. Reed (r.), Rubin’s high school English teacher, to whom the book is dedicated, made a surprise appearance at the event.

Rubin traveled to Washington, D.C., and spoke with students at Horace Mann Elementary School.