Today is a mish-mash of teaching-writing-bookish things.
- We’re talking about setting in creative writing class this morning — how descriptions of a character’s surroundings can be not only a way to give a sense of place but also of the character’s state of mind. A cold, brisk, rain-soaked day is going to be seen (and felt) differently by different characters, depending on where they are in their journeys. In class today, we’ll be describing a setting from different points of reference. I’ll take a photo or two of our activity and post the same writing challenge here later in the week for anyone who wants to try it out.
- School Library Journal’s review of THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. is in the December issue — and it’s a happy, author-breathing-a-sigh-of-relief sort of review. My favorite line? "Messner’s warm and humorous tone will capture even reluctant readers." You can read the full review here (just scroll down to the M authors!)
- Coincidentally, my technology feature on using Twitter with students also ended up scheduled for this edition of School Library Journal. It’s called "Pleased to Tweet You: Making a Case for Twitter in the Classroom" and talks about how I use Twitter with my 7th graders, especially as a way to connect them with authors. There’s also a how-to section for teachers who want to approach technology coordinators about trying something similar.
- I’ll be signing THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. at Books of Wonder in New York this Sunday from 1-3PM with a whole group of debut authors of middle grade and YA novels.
We’re giving short readings and having a whole bunch of giveaways, and we’d love to meet you (and your students!) if you live in the area!