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!
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).