05.10.2013 Spring time is roaring on by. Huge thanks to Charlotte Mashburn, School Media Specialist Tomahawk Creek Middle School in Midlothian, Virginia, for organizing a fantastic after-school writing workshop. I LOVED writing with the Timberwolves! Hey, the Gators are pretty awesome, too: Saint Gertrude High School has just selected Come August, Come Freedom as their school-wide summer read. THANK YOU! Finally, thanks everybody who’s written or emailed to ask about Albert, my horse. He’s got a road ahead of him, but his spirits are high. Here he is asking for the carrot in my back pocket.
04.25.2013 I do love my job! Last Friday,my dear friend, Meg Medina, and I spoke about our Girls of Summer project at the Virginia State Reading Association Conference in Virginia Beach. So nice to also run into the one and only, Kathryn Erskine. AND, guess what? Where have I been, there’s horseback riding on the beach now at Neptune Park! Also, this week what an honor to visit with the Kate’s Readers book group at the Virginia Correctional Center for Women in Goochland. They read Claiming Georgia Tate this month. I’d like to thank the women, volunteers, and staff at VRCC for an inspiring and uplifting discussion. ♥
04.17.2013 I spent a marvelous day with some pretty amazing scholars and thinkers at Neal Middle School in Durham NC today. This school specializes in critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Boy, did it show in the discussions we had about primary source documents and Gabriel’s Rebellion! A day spent with a school librarian is always a pleasure, and once again, my friend and colleague, Laurie Thompson, welcomed me into her media center. I came home energized by the students and also with a nice, long list of new books to read, suggested by Ms. Thompson! Here’s something for my friends, the Neal Middle School Eagles!
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