Thank you, Cobbles Elementary!

I’ve been knee deep in book deadlines and a secret research trip for an upcoming project, too, but I can’t let another day go by without saying a BIG thank you to the staff and students of Cobbles Elementary School in Penfield, NY, where I spent a magical day with readers a couple weeks ago.This was an extra-special visit because it’s the school where my sister-in-law Linda teaches.

Marty McGuire’s teacher, Mrs. Aloi, is named for Linda. The students at Cobbles loved hearing about that!

Here I am with the ORIGINAL Mrs. Aloi!

In addition to giving presentations for the K-5 students here, I got to spend lunchtime with some terrific book club readers who came with lots of questions!


The library staff at Cobbles has a wonderful tradition – visiting authors sign a leaf on this amazing quilt.

This school has had so many great visitors that choosing a tree-neighbor was a tough decision, but ultimately, I choose a leaf next to Bruce Coville.


I’ve read his Magic Shop series out loud to both my students and my own kids, and I always notice something new and wonderful when I read. Bruce also spoke at the very first children’s writing conference I ever attended, so getting to sign a leaf next to his was a pretty neat moment for me.

Thank you, Cobbles Elementary kids & staff, for making my day at your school such a special one!

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