Thanks to Ascension Catholic School for inviting me to their Book Festival. Tonight I read the first chapter of Dizzy to some terrific young readers (including my first fan ever, Nia, as well as her younger sister). They listened respectfully (didn't even throw anything at me) and asked great questions.
Responses to my being there ran the gamut. One sixth-grade girl was so nervous to be with a "real, published author" she couldn't talk. I assured her my seventh-grade students know the truth: that I'm as far from a big deal as people come. So that was one end. On the other end, a student who won during the raffle chose a biography of Justin Bieber over Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle. Hey, I can't compete with those bangs.