The book club for 5th-grade students had a marvelous time with D. J. MacHale, who was kind enough to come to our club meeting on Friday, February 10. Mr. MacHale answered questions about the Pendragon and Morpheus Road series (while avoiding plot spoilers!) and about books, writing, and reading. The students were polite, knowledgeable, and appreciative--I was very proud of them!
Authors Week has once again stirred up tremendous interest in reading and writing. I would like to acknowledge Anne Lin, Pennekamp parent, who put together this fabulous week! In addition to D. J. MacHale, our school also met Debra Garfinkle, author of many books but most recently the Zeke Meeks series. The library has all four of the Zeke Meeks books (four more are to come) and there is a waitlist of eager students for each one. Likewise for D. J. MacHale's books: students have been checking out our library's copies, the public library's copies, and buying out our local booksellers. Authors Week has created such an enthusiasm for reading among our students. Thanks to the Pennekamp PTA for funding the event and helping our students become readers--and possibly authors, too!