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texas, upcoming events, and quagga mussels

I just got back from Texas (my first work-related travel in almost six months)! It was hard to leave my family, especially the baby, but this trip had been planned since last August and I’ve really been looking forward to it. The school district that invited me to visit did such great things. One of the high schools there, Haltom High, had read MATCHED as their all-school read–which means all the 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students had read the book. How awesome is that? What’s more, they also had put together projects on the book:

I also got to meet the most lovely middle school students at a special banquet celebrating their going above and beyond and reading extra books from the state reading list. It was such an amazing event as well. All the students from the middle schools and the high schools, the teachers, the librarians, the administrators…everyone was so kind. It made me miss working in public education very much.

And now that I’ve started traveling, I’m just going to keep on going! I’m very excited to be attending BEA and ALA this year in June, and to be presenting at the BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers in July. More info as I get it on the Events page. It’s shaping up to be a busy summer/fall as we prepare to launch REACHED. I can’t wait!

Photo Courtesy of the Daily Herald. My brother is the super tall guy in the back. He works for the Division of Wildlife Resources. Keep up the good work protecting our wildlife, Nic!

Finally, if you’ve read CROSSED (or even this blog), you probably know how awesome I find Southern Utah (and all of Utah, actually). This article accompanying the photo below talks about the quagga mussels which are causing all kinds of problems for our water and for our native fish. Please keep your boat clean!

Sorry that last item was kind of random…but I think a public service announcement every now and then on behalf of this gorgeous country we live in and enjoy is acceptable, right? And also I want to embarrass my brother (who, as you know, was one half of the inspiration for the character Vick in CROSSED).

+ comments (5)
  • Nora
    May 10, 2012

    I wish you came to my school! MATCHED and CROSSED are both fabulous books, and I’m super pumped for the next! You are one of the people who have inspired me to write stories. Thank you!

  • Lizzy
    May 11, 2012

    It is ALWAYS a good thing to embarass your brother. It is your job as a sister to make sure he doesn’t get a big head. 😉

  • Julianne Donaldson
    May 11, 2012

    That sounds like an awesome trip! And here’s a funny coincidence–my husband is an attorney for the state, and one of his clients is the Division of Wildlife Resources. He loves that sort of thing, and he loves Utah like nothing else. I bet he and Nic would have a heyday if they got together. Good luck on your busy summer plans, and hopefully I’ll run into you at BEA!

  • alyssa
    May 12, 2012

    i love your book matched.! when i first started reading your book i could not put it down now i’m on my way reading your book crossed.!

  • Tara
    May 14, 2012

    I REALLY love your book crossed it’s really good. It’s so good I cant put it down. On m blog I have a poll wher you chose your one of those favorite authors. I think I voted about a hundred times even if it is my own blog. Oh I like how you put Cassia in the bubble to represent that she is trapped. I think that’s what you meant but I dont want to make you feel weird by what I’m saying. And I like the green dress she is wearing. Very mordern for a prom dress.
    : )
    – Tara M. Bible
    PS Look me up on Facebook please.

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