Wednesday, October 20, 2004

O. Henry Middle School

What a fun visit Greg and I had this morning at O. Henry Middle School.

It was such a delight to walk into the library, all spooky for Halloween, and see such titles on display as Shattering Glass and Dead Girls Don't Write Letters by Gail Giles as well as The Afterlife by Gary Soto.

The sparkling librarian also mentioned that the Circe Du Freak series by Darren Shan was hugely popular--so much so that she was surfing amazon.co.uk to get new titles in more quickly.

Greg and I talked to an enthusiastic group about Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo as well as Rain Is Not My Indian Name. Then we lead the group in a pre-writing exercise to create a character work sheet (let's hear it for Greg the orphaned frog who can't sing but can fly and wants to find true love!). The students wrote letters to themselves from Greg the frog and volunteers read theirs aloud--thoughtful and hilarious! We were most impressed.

Quote of the day: "All the really hot frogs live in Pflugerville!"

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