Wednesday, November 16, 2011

An Author Visit!

As I mentioned in my earlier Schooled post, Schooled by Gordon Korman is the "One Book, One School" book for my school this year.  This means that everyone (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th graders and teachers) read the book.  We also did several things that went with the Schooled theme, whole school learned Tai Chi and Tie-Dyed T-Shirts. Today Gordon Korman came to speak to all the kids in our school. Fifth and Sixth graders had a morning assembly and the Seventh and Eighth graders had one in the afternoon. I really enjoyed listening to him speak. He was full of energy and kept me interested in what he had to say. I was lucky enough to be one of twenty kids who got to be a part of a writers workshop he led.   As, you know I LOVE authors and learning from them about writing, today's workshop was lots of fun and I learned a lot about writing an adventure scene. Over all, I really enjoyed Gordon Korman's visit to my school.

I am thinking about my dream list of ideas for next year's One Book One School, especially if it means that the author would come.  I bet some of my regular reader know which authors I would MOST like to have come :)


  1. I LOVE that your school as a One Book, One School program! I never had an author visit my school when I was a girl. I think this would have knocked my socks off.

    PS -- Schooled was on the Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Awards list a few years ago, and while it didn't ultimately win, it was hugely popular at my school.

  2. Laura,

    I started listening to Schooled in the car last night on my way to the Virginia library conference. I loved the Tie-Dye scene!

    I remember Gordon Korman visiting my middle school (gosh, 20 years ago now?!) when I was in 7th or 8th grade. He was an excellent speaker if I remember correctly. I love hearing about how he sent his first book to Scholastic with his monthly book order. Some of his earlier titles will always be my favorites. No Coins Please and This Can't be Happening at MacDonald Hall.

    I can't wait to finish Schooled. I really connected to the fact that Cap is trying to learn everyone's names. I'm at a new school this year and have almost 800 names to learn. I think I've learned almost 100. It's such a slow process. Maybe I should be keeping a list....

  3. That's sounds like SO much fun. Just last year Gordan Korman visited my school. I am a big fan of his writing just like you.

    P.S. I love your blog and the books you recommend!