A big HEY! and a high five to the sixth graders of Gaspar de Portola Middle School. Thanks so much for a fun morning. You have the most fantastic ideas for stories, and that humdinger you told about Mrs. Weiner’s accidental lock-out was hilarious. I’m glad you were all able to escape the classroom; thank goodness for janitors who know how to pry out window screens. Mine that story for all it’s worth.
And here are those books we talked about:
Jean Ferris’s Once Upon a Marigold, Love Among the Walnuts, and Much Ado About Grubstake
Christopher Paolini’s Eragon (a series, also a movie)
Gary Soto’s Baseball in April and Other Stories
Thanks again for a great time. Don’t forget to drop me a line now and then to tell me how your stories are coming along, especially ones about boys who carry polka-dotted pink backpacks. My, what small details like that can lead to…