Tuesday, March 18, 2008

School Visits

Do you know what I like even more than writing?

I love visiting schools! My first experience visiting a school as an author was last year, in my oldest son's first grade class. This year, I visited his second grade class and we wrote the cutest story:

The Big Fat Hairy Troll
by Mrs. Vaatuitui's 2nd grade class with the wonderful help from the amazing Mrs. Toliver (haha, that's me!)
Once there was a fat, stinky troll. His name was Hairy and he liked to eat greasy bugs. He loved scaring kids until one day when he met one. This kid, whose name was Hunter, scared the troll by jumping from behind a corner and jumping on his back. Hairy said, "Ahhhhhhhh!" and ran away. Hairy the Troll never came back for 100 years and never ever scared kids again. The end!

I've also had the pleasure of visiting Snowcrest Junior High in Utah, and Clair E. Gale Junior High and Rocky Mountain Middle School in Idaho Falls. And this Friday, I'll be in Colorado visiting Powell (where I went!) and Newton Middle Schools. My favorite part of visiting schools is the Q&A part. I love hearing the questions and comments the students have. Afterwards, I really enjoy getting emails from them, telling me they learned something or have more questions or just want to say hi. And of course, if they happened to adore The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren, I like hearing that too! :)

On another note, if you're interested in joining a fun YA book club, check out this one. And if you live in the Denver area, I'd love to see you at the Tattered Cover in Highlands Ranch on Monday, March 24 at 7PM.


Nicole Burnham said...

Sounds like a fantastic time, Wendy!

Wendy Toliver said...

yes it was, Niki! And I'm visiting middle schools in the Denver area now and they were excited that my book takes place in Denver so of course I recommended Scary Beautiful too. :)