One of the kids told me that the author was local, and when I visited her web page (thinking that I might be able to open a dialogue or give the students some background) I realized that she is someone I see often at the Y, and with whom I have exchanged pleasantries on a couple of occasions.
So the other day, I asked her if she was the selfsame person, and when she said yes, I told her that my group was enjoying her book. She mentioned that she was planning a talk at the school later this year, but I got it in my head that I would ask the kids for questions this morning, which I might be able to pass on. So I asked them: "If there was one question you could ask the author, what would it be?" Here are their responses:
Not as successful as I'd hoped, but I think I'll pass them on nonetheless, and ask Ms. Carmichael to respond either here or via email. I think it will be interesting for both sides.
- Are you going to write another book?
- Where is the book set?
- Why didn't Will tell Zoe he's her brother?
- What is the message of the book?
- Why didn't the grandmother show up in the story more often?