Heathwood Middle School students gave a warm welcome to our visiting author, Edward Bloor, on September 29. Mr. Bloor spoke to all MS students in two assemblies where he stressed the importance of literacy and described his career path, which began with writing satiric commercials that he and his friends performed at a school assembly in seventh grade.
Before becoming a full-time award-winning writer, Mr. Bloor was a teacher, and an editor for a major publishing house. He went on to become the acclaimed author of such popular young adult books as Tangerine, Taken, and London Calling.
All the students had read at least one of his books over the summer, so they were well prepared to ask questions during his presentations. Mr. Bloor also held a writing workshop where he discussed the rhythm needed to write dialogue and had the students perform an activity in which they tried their hand at it.
When asked what they enjoyed about Mr. Bloor’s visit, one fifth grader said “he made me want to read the rest of his books,” and a seventh grader said she enjoyed getting to ask a “real” writer about how he dealt with writing problems.
Mr. Bloor said his favorite parts of the visit was talking with the students at the book signing, answering questions about his work and writing in general, and having students speak to him when he was out on campus.
Mr. Bloor’s visit was this year’s installment of an annual visiting writers series for Middle School students that is funded by the Heathwood library’s Great Used Book Sale. This year’s sale is December 1st and 2nd, and we need your donations to make it happen! Bring your used books to the library in the Smith-Shirley Campus Center any time between 7:45 and 3:45 (call 231-7711 to make an appointment if you will need help unloading). And be sure to come shop the sale—we always get tons of great books, which we sell at bargain prices, just in time for your holiday shopping!