Saturday, June 26, 2010

ALA Day Two

I usually don't expect a lot so I don't get disappointed, but I expected a lot from ALA and I was definitely NOT disappointed.  Today I started by going to the STACKS.  I met many authors/heroes.  The books I had signed were: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, A Nest for Celeste, The Fighting Ground, Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka, and One Crazy Summer.  First I got AVI's signature.  Then I walked around and looked for where my next signings were.  When it was 11:00, I was quintuple booked.  My mom stood in line for Henry Cole and dropped off my copy of One Crazy Summer for Rita to sign because I would be at a luncheon during her signing and we had corresponded so I really wanted her signature.  I was in line for Jon Scieszka and had him sign Knucklehead to me and Matthew (you might remember his guest blogger post about the book). 

Next I got in line for Jacqueline Kelly.  While I was in line, Maria Gentle spotted me. 
We talked as I moved up in the line then we left for our separate luncheons.  I took my first cab to the luncheon in honor of Cornelia Funke.  I had her sign my copy of Inkheart (it is in German because my grandparents went to Germany and got me a book).  Everyone got an advance limited edition copy of Reckless, her book that will come out this year.  I had mine signed. 

Next I listened to the Notable Children's Book Discussion.  It was hard not to say what I was thinking out loud, especially about Countdown. And then I had a  piece of the Ace of Cakes cake.  It was delicious!!! 
After that I got my copy of Mockingbird signed by Kathryn Erskine.  She was very nice and let me have MORE stickers and temporary tattoos of the cover of her book.  Next I walked around the STACKS and got even more free books.  I was there so long that I was on the floor when it closed.  As you can see, I had a very busy day.  I am excited for tomorrow!


  1. Patricia HannemanJune 26, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    You are an amazing girl, Miss Laura! I worked with your mom and I know she is beside herself with pride over your accomplishments! Keep reading, stay a dreamer, and when you reach the stars and clouds grab a little piece for the rest of us.
    Patricia Hanneman

  2. Hope you are getting some good ideas for when you get to have YOUR book displayed there.

    Glad you are having a great time!

    Mrs. Barksdale

  3. Oh, I am so glad Kathy Erskine got to meet you and that you met her. She is one of my writing buddies! And isn't Mockingbird great!

  4. Patricia,
    Thanks! My mom says that you are great too.

    Mrs. Barksdale,
    I found several possible spots! How is your summer going?

    Kathy is really nice and Mockingbird is WONDERFUL!

  5. Looks like you are having a wonderful experience! Can't wait to see the next post. Enjoy your time and see you soon!

    Your adoring agent - Steve

  6. Hi, Laura!
    I was so honored to meet you! Your wonderful reading habits inspire me - I wish I could read faster. (I would try the excuse that I'm a writer and a mom so I'm very busy but, honestly, I think with all your commitments you're busier than I am!) The latest books I've read have been very funny: COSMIC and THE STRANGE CASE OF ORIGAMI YODA. They're quick reads, and great for a nice patch of humor.
    I'm so glad you got to go to ALA and I think you brightened many people's experience there -- you are the reason we write!
    Thank you,