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Author Visits Aplenty at Jerling!


Several author visits have been keeping students at Jerling Junior High School busy this school year!  The first of these visits occurred on Tuesday, September 20th:
Ridley Pearson is the bestselling author of over 50 books for adults and young adults, including the Steel Trapp series, the Kingdom Keepers Series, and the Peter and the Starcatcher series.  His newest series, Lock and Key:  The Initiation, was released on September 20th, and follows a young Sherlock Holmes and criminal mastermind-to-be James Moriarty in a story about a missing heirloom bible, codes and ciphers, and the choice between good and evil.  

Ridley Pearson visited Jerling and spoke to 8th grade students. Students participated in word and picture games  that revealed hidden meanings and illustrated his method of "twisting reality."  Within the game, Ridley draws from his own true experiences and alters them to create fantastic and sometimes frightening fiction.  He even showed students first drafts of his writing, and took them through the process to achieve the final, published product. 

On Friday, September 23rd,  two young adult-genre authors, Kristen Simmons and Paula Stokes, visited Mrs. Jensen and Mrs. Domico's honors language arts classes.
Simmons has written the trilogy Article 5 and two standalone novels, Glass Arrow and Metaltown, all dystopian science fiction. Stokes has written several novels in a variety of genres, including Liars, Inc., The Art of Lainey, Girl Against the Universe and her newest book of dystopian sci-fi, Vicarious. The authors spoke to students about their experiences as young, aspiring writers and now-published authors, as well as the inspiration for their books.    They fielded lots of questions from students, explaining to them about the process of waiting to hear back from publishers, the best and worst parts of writing a book, how to handle re-writing drafts, and what to do if your story won't sell.  Both classes had a lot of fun coming up with questions and getting "swag" such as pins, temporary tattoos, and bookmarks from the authors!
Jerling Junior High wants to sincerely thank all of these wonderful authors for taking the time to visit with our students and to inspire them to write their own stories.