On September 22, all students at Bryant Middle School were visited by author Margaret Peterson Haddix. Haddix is the best-selling author of over 35 books including The Shadow Children series, The Missing series, Uprising and Under Their Skin. Haddix introduced her newest release, The Children of Exile.
At Bryant Middle School author visits are a very important part of developing students who are readers and writers. Emily DeJong, the librarian at Bryant Middle School, said “hearing a real author speak is the ultimate literacy incentive. When students meet the author of a book, the book becomes real and something they want to read. And when they start to read one book, they will read more.”
Haddix described how she gets ideas for her books from things that happen in her own life. She advised students that if they want to become writers they need to “read a lot, play around with poetry, keep a journal, and make sure you have time to think.” Haddix said, “When I write, I get to imagine other worlds. I get to imagine other people’s perspective on things.” Haddix explained that she was inspired to become a writer from all the books she read as a child.