Back in school, I loved perusing the Scholastic Book Club flyers. Each book sounded better than the next, and my biggest challenge was narrowing the list to fit my budget. One month I remember receiving a virtual tower of books, and my astonished teacher asking me if I was really going to read them all. (Yep...and the good ones I'd read again and again...)
Sadly, I lost those books in a storm that flooded our house years later, but thanks to the internet, have found used versions of those original publications, and set about replacing and re-reading my favorites. It's been fun all over again.
So imagine my glee when I heard the following news. Scholastic--whose very name still fills me with childish glee--has released a guide for middle school teachers to help teach creative writing. Called Traits of Writing, it includes a section on creating narrative voice. A suggested lesson plan includes using one of my books, Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress, as a way to explain and explore writing satire.
I'm honored and I'm thrilled and I'm floored! I even bought a copy of the teaching guide for my personal library, and put a bookmark right there at page 175, which I plan to shove under the noses of all who enter our house. "Look!"
But the one person I'd really like to share this news with is in memory form, a short girl named Tina who is trying to carry a tower of books back to her desk. "Keep reading, keep writing, keep dreaming...and believe it or not, one day, you'll get an amazing recognition from that very publisher who helped you start it all."