I recently did a Book Fair author visit to Shelley Public School in Blacktown, NSW. It was the first school visit I’ve done and I was a bit nervous about it. Would the kids care about my books? Had they read them? Would they be interested enough to ask questions?
Well, I needn’t have been worried. The kids were amazing. Almost half of them had already read Extinction: The Day The World Ended, and a few had read Give Me Four Reasons. The questions they asked showed that the kids were passionate about books and literature, and I think this is due, in big part, to their wonderful librarian. Of course I had a couple of the “How much money do you make?” questions. Kids are always interested in that side of things when deciding on a career path. But the most interesting questions were the ones about the plot.
“Why didn’t I introduce the American twins earlier?”
“Why did I decide to have twins at all?”
“Did I travel all over the world to research the book?”
“Is the purest source of air really in Tasmania?”
“What’s under Rufus Keller’s mask?”
“Why did the kid’s powers keep running out?”
These questions showed that the kids really knew and loved my books. I was so impressed and made to feel so welcome. I will come back anytime you ask, Shelley Public School!