Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019
Sixth Grade Author Study Presentation
Please join us on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 1:30 in the gym.
Hannah Goodson: Ann M. Martin
Paige Rutherford: Ellie Terry/ Judy Blume
Collin Markoski: Dav Pilkey
John Mitchell: Chris Lynch
Trey Garcia: Chris Lynch
Richard Sanchez: Skinwalkers(Thomas,Rainfield,Ouellet)
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
If you would be so kind as to pass this on to my friends Johnny and Trey, it would be much appreciated.
Dear Johnny and Trey,
Thank you so much, first for reading my books and then for choosing me to do your project on.
I am always pleased to hear that the Vietnam books are speaking to young guys like yourselves. It can be a trick for an author to try and convey the experiences of eighteen-year-olds at war for a readership your age. But when I read enthusiastic letters like yours I get the feeling that I got the balance just about right. Without that feedback, I would forever wonder, honestly.
Every letter I get regarding this series seems to come from someone who has a clear favorite among the four main characters (usually Rudi or Ivan), so it was rather refreshing for you two to be spreading the appreciation around some. It may be that you are just trying to be kind to the author--but even so, that is fine with me. So thanks for that.
Would I consider writing a series about World War 1? Yes, though as of now the publisher has not asked for one. So far, that is the way these series have come about. The publisher comes to me with an idea and asks if I would be interested. I go away and try and think up some characters and stories that will work for myself first, then come back to them with my answer. I should stress that this is not how it always works. In all my other writings (besides the war books for Scholastic), I have never been asked to write on a particular topic before I have decided independently on an idea myself.
By the way, Trey, is it obvious that the narrator of the first WW2 book, Roman, is the father of Ivan?
The first book of the Special Forces series, which came out a couple of months ago, was set in the Vietnam War. That is the only one planned for that war. The next one, which is set in the Korean War of the early 1950s, will be out next Fall. Then it is back to World War 2 for the third book and then a leap all the way back to the American Civil War for the fourth. I certainly hope you are motivated to read them all, and if you do, please write to me again and I will write back.
My advice to you as you move up in school...would be to make sure you be yourself. Be yourself and be confident in being that person. When I look back, being thirteen was one of the most significant moments of my development as an individual. I am not overwhelmed with regrets, but if I could advise that version of myself I would tell him to relax, be cool with being whoever you are, and be confident in showing that self to the world.
And as for a superpower? No question, it would have to be invisibility. It might sound slightly like it contradicts the advice I just gave you, but I mean this strictly in my role as a writer. Because there is no more valuable gift for a writer than to see everything, hear everything, without being noticed. To observe life without being observed would be a treat.
So, my friends, I want to thank you again for your kind attention to my work. That kind of thing adds a pleasant boost to an author's otherwise fairly solitary days.
Best wishes, and keep reading,
Friday, February 22, 2019
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Check out these websites for summer reading book ideas:
Scholastic Summer Book list
Scholastic Summer Book list