My publisher sent me the review of “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” that appeared in the School Library Journal in the United States. Apparently this is the journal that school librarians use all over the US. Here are some quotes from the review: “Travis is likable and sympathetic…a boy of imagination, courage, and empathy. This is a solid piece of contemporary fiction with an interesting story. It should have broad appeal.” Yay!
The book also got a very positive review from The Canadian Children’s Book News, Winter 2009. One sentence that struck me: “This beautifully written story left me wanting more.” I’m working hard editing the second book, which is about Prinny. And I have lots of ideas for a book about Hud. So let’s hope this all comes about.
My first school visit today, a grade four class in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
The teacher, Mrs. Tenwolde, has been reading my book to the kids, so they had lots of questions for me, and I had questions for them. It was a wonderfully lively session, and I was so impressed with the children’s curiosity and interest.
They’re doing book reviews on Nine Lives, and have promised me copies – I really look forward to getting them. It was a great introduction to the classroom – I don’t want to tell you how many years since I’ve been in school!
And the whole session made me understand, once again, why I wrote the book – because I hoped kids would get to read and enjoy it.
Fielding some great questions from the students in Dartmouth
Showing the students my manuscript for the next book
Reading the next chapter from The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
Mrs. Tenwolde, the teacher
With my friend Marshall, whom I’ve known a long time, it was his class that was the first one I visited
With my friend Marshall, whom I’ve known a long time, it was his class that I visited