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A couple of weeks ago I went on an extraordinary author visit, one that’s stuck with me since. William Allen III Middle School in Moorestown NJ brought me in to present on Endangered, which was their all-school read this year. All classes stopped, and the whole day was devoted to discussions of the book. What struck me most was how every class found a way to participate—from science to history to English. There were quiz challenges, debates, studies of bonobo physiology. At the end of the day there was a bonobo field day, with a hula-hoop challenge and an obstacle course where the students had to run a challenge with an “infant bonobo” on their backs (actually a decorated roll of paper towels—pictured bottom left of the field day pic). Every kid and teacher (and I!) even got a T-shirt with a bonobo on the front. Hats off to the administration, especially in this era of standardized testing, for taking an entire day to strengthen the school community through reading.
Was leaving a ballet show at Lincoln Center with David Levithan on Thursday, and Mikhail Baryshnikov walked in as we were leaving! Turned around to get a last look and saw that security was searching his bag.
Got a batch of adorable thank-you cards from 8th graders after a Skype author visit.
"My most favorite part in the book is the whole book because of the emotion and penmanship is very good."
"The eighth grade class thanks you with the bottom of our hearts!"
"I’d like to thank you for giving us your time of day."
"Would you write another book about bonobos if you had to?"
The director attached to Endangered, Nancy Buirski, so eloquently discusses with NBC-NY her documentary on Tanaquil Le Clercq, debuting Friday night on PBS.