Choosing Hope


Choosing Hope is a lot of things. A written witness to a tragedy that will never be forgotten. A gripping firsthand testament to the power of good over the power of destruction. An inspirational memoir by a brave young woman whose story is one of courage, heroism, faith, and resilience. And a celebration of all the people who make the choice to pass along their hope and positivity to young ones—parents, mentors, and especially teachers. There is no moving on, but there is always moving forward. And how we move forward is a choice.

Paperback on stands October 4, 2016!

Book Events

October 6th: Darien Public Library, Darien, CT

October 8th: Barnes & Noble, Westport, CT

October 15th: Toadstool Books, Nashua, NH


October 20th: The University of Connecticut

October 22nd: NJ Book Event

October 27th: Junior League, at Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT

November 9th: The Perfect Provenance, Greenwich, CT


Praise for Choosing Hope

“For anyone who has despaired at the human condition, at the horrors we perpetrate onto each other, Kaitlin tells a story that shares our heartbreak and then, just as persuasively, offers us the only possible way forward.”

~ Amanda Ripley, New York Times-Bestselling Author of The Smartest Kids in the World and The Unthinkable

“Choosing Hope is an inspiring story of a young teacher’s triumph over the unimaginable tragedy of the Sandy Hook school massacre. It is also a cautionary tale about school administrators who don’t listen.”

~ Tony Wagner, Bestselling Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators

“A beautifully written book that demonstrates the power of the human spirit.”

~ Adam Braun, New York Times-Bestselling Author of The Promise of a Pencil

“What a fantastic, straightforward, and authentic book. In Choosing Hope, Kaitlin exemplifies the power of the five dimensions of crisis leadership by successfully confronting the critical questions that have long concerned those of us in the field of crisis leadership.”

~ Professor Isaac Ashkenazi, International Expert for Crisis Management and Leadership, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

“A stirring memoir, capturing not only the brutality of the Sandy Hook tragedy but the incredible heroism, resilience, and grace that emerged in its wake. Kaitlin’s deep love for her students makes this a bold, inspiring, and ultimately hopeful book.”

~ Arianna Huffington, editor in chief of The Huffington Post and New York Times bestselling author

“Kaitlin’s quick thinking and swift action saved her students’ lives. In Choosing Hope, she honors the memory of the children and educators whose lives were lost on that sad day.”

~ Mrs. Laura Bush, Former First Lady of the United States

“Shows what being tough, courageous, and compassionate is all about.”

~ Gabrielle Giffords, Former Congresswoman and New York Times-bestselling Author

“A moving account of how Roig-DeBellis returned to normalcy by promoting generosity and accessing faith and positive thinking.”

~ Wally Lamb, New York Times- bestselling Author

“A brave book by a courageous woman that reveals the healing power of compassion.”

~ Karen Armstrong, New York Times- bestselling Author

“Roig-DeBellis found a way to help all students nationwide with a new approach to teaching kindness.”

~ Jay Matthews, Washington Post Education Columnist

“Everyday teachers go beyond the call of duty, touching children’s lives…Kaitlin is proof of that in so many ways.”

~ Otha Thornton, President, National PTA