The Newbery award-winning author Jerry Spinelli visited with Warwick and Doyle's 5th and 6th graders on Tuesday, January 17th. He inspired the children and teachers to read, pay attention to the world around them, and most importantly write about what you care about.
"You want to touch the reader's heart, so write about what touches your heart."
Mr. Spinelli came back later that night for a Q & A which was opened to the public, and he encouraged those in attendance to embrace failure.
"How you handle your failures is the key to your success. Failures aren't pitfalls, they are stepping stones to crossing that creek to success."
So much of what he shared about his writing failures and successes came from the questions asked by the children. A special thank you goes out to Ellen Mager from Booktenders Children's Bookstore in Doylestown for bringing this wonderful author to our school district. Jerry Spinelli's latest book, The Warden's Daughter, is sure to be a big hit among readers like his Maniac Magee.
The Warden's Daughter book summary:
(Grades 5-8) Cammie O'Reilly lives at the Hancock County Prison--not as a prisoner, she's the warden's daughter. She spends the mornings hanging out with shoplifters and reformed arsonists in the women's excercise yard, which gives Cammie a certain cache with her school friends.
But even though Cammie's free to leave the prison, she's still stuck. And sad, and really mad. Her mother died saving her from harm when she was just a baby. You wouldn't think you could miss something you never had, but on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, the thing Cammie most wants is a mom. A prison might not be the best place to search for a mother, but Cammie is determined and she's willing to work with what she's got.