We just got back from our mini-book tour to the Eastern regions of the state: Gloucester, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.
The highlight of the trip for me — in fact a career highlight — happened at the Virginia Beach school. These kids had already read the book several months ago and claimed to have liked it. The teacher, who is a friend of Hemphills, had read them the ARC.
After we did our show, the teacher announced that every kid was going to get a copy of the book. They cheered! Then she said that we would sign the books. They cheered again! It was great. As I’ve said before, there are so many rough spots and doldrums in this business, you really have to hold on to those great, shining moments like that!
Also great was when the kids took their books and immediately started reading them. I couldn’t believe that, but it happened…
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