The WJMS Book Club met March 12th to receive their third and final book of the year. The group will be reading The Eighth Day by Dianne Salerni, which I was able to find through our last Book Fair. After reading a passage to club members, I announced we would be able to Skype with the author during our next meeting in April. I’m looking forward to revealing the surprise our author has graciously provided for them.
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Book Club’s first book of the year was Haunters by Thomas Taylor. To surprise the kids, I contacted the author to see if he would Skype with our group. Mr. Taylor was such a great sport…he agreed! Since he is from the UK, I knew the kids would have tons of great questions for him, not only about the book, but about the UK too. Book Club members liked Mr. Taylor’s accent and enjoyed asking him all about his life. My favorite: “Do you watch Dr. Who?” I have some huge BBC fans in the group. They were surprised to learn that Mr. Taylor was the illustrator for the original cover of the first Harry Potter book.
Our Skype session with M.H. Herlong was wonderful and the kids were fantastic. Since they read the book at the same time, we were able to video conference with Southeast Bulloch Middle School’s Book Club too. Students were able to ask her questions about The Great, Wide, Sea that the group had wondered about since reading the book. Being able to incorporate technology in the meeting enabled us to get up close and personal with her as well. We even found out about her family and her pets…and got to see the room where she writes! Huge thanks to the author for working with us to make the event happen. I could not sum up the event better than a student’s comment to me after the meeting, “Awesome, Mrs. Borck!” 🙂