On Monday, October 19th, our book club, the 6-8th grade Action students, and budding authors were able to Skype with April Henry, author of The Body in the Woods (the novel we have been reading), The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die, and other suspenseful murder-mysteries. It was a wonderful experience, and the students were so excited! Beforehand, our students sent in questions via a Google Form about the book, April Henry, her writing process, or anything else regarding the author and/or the books she has written. Mrs. Henry was extremely supportive in our discussion-which lasted 45 minutes!! Lucky us!! After she gave a brief talk about her life as a writer, our students were able to ask their questions. We were able to accommodate 11 of our students' questions because Mrs. Henry graciously allowed us more time, because the students were so excited.
Her books have been checked out all year. I have had to turn students in the direction of the public library because the hold list has been so long. This has been one of my favorite experiences as a teacher librarian because of just how engaged our students have been in the book, how prepared and respectful they were for the Skype session, and how motivated some of our unmotivated readers have become!
You can read about our introduction to The Body in the Woods here.
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