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Some of the Literary HIGHLIGHTS!

Veronica Roth, DivergentIMG_1738

Veronica Roth was a very interesting lady to listen to and was very friendly. She seemed confident and accomplished in her trade. Veronica talked about Allegiant (without giving anything away), so I’m really excited about the release. Her autograph lines were triple that of many other authors, and people were practically sitting on top of each other under a tent in the pouring rain to see her. She even had security guards!

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KATHERINE APPLEGATE. THE ONE AND ONLY IVANphoto-3

The One and Only Ivan is a really cool, and true, story about a gorilla, which snagged the Newbery Award this year. Ivan’s not just any gorilla –he expresses his need for freedom and a home at the zoo through art. It was really cool to meet Katherine Applegate in person, because I had the privilege of doing a Skype interview with her when I was a Scholastic Kid Reporter.

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Kirby Larson, Hattie Big Skyphoto-2

I finally had the privilege of meeting Ms. Larson, who was one of the first authors to patronize our blog. She has a new book out – interesting historical fiction – and I can’t wait to read Hattie Big Sky, which I hope to get a copy of ASAP, though The Friendship Doll will forever have a place in my heart. It was one of the first ARCs (Advance Reader’s Copy) I ever got in my book reviewing career, and my review of The Friendship Doll was one of my very first. My mom and I were so honored to meet her and couldn’t believe she knew exactly what we were talking about when we told her we were from the Lost in a Book blog. Thanks for following our blog, Ms. Larson!

 
I’ll write more about our trip soon (if I ever get free time from all my homework!).  You should go to the Festival and see for yourself  next year!
~LitKid
 

Hello Bloggers and Blog Readers of the universe….

I am heading out – well, after getting coffee for my mom first – to the National Book Festival on the Mall in Washington, DC, to check it out and meet all of this amazing talent!

Yesterday I got to see all the tents being set up, and it looked really cool.photo-2

Today I hope to meet and score autographs from the lovely Misses Roth, Applegate, and Naylor. I can’t believe I’m actually here!

National Book Festival, here we come!

~LitKid

PS: here’s more info on the festival on the Library of Congress website.

IvanThe One and Only Ivan

By Katherine Applegate

Newbery Award Winner

The One and Only Ivan tells us the story of a lonely gorilla living at the run-down  Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. His only companions are Julia, the janitor’s daughter and Stella, the elephant who has many cool stories about her past.

He spends his long days being admired and “oohed” and “aahed” over by humans. Their lives get more interesting when Ruby, a baby elephant joins them there. She’s witty and nervous, at first, but has spirit.

When Stella dies, and leaves Ivan with a promise to take care of Stella, he’s determined to get both of them to the zoo.

This story was really inspiring to me because it was based on a true story, and it shows you should never underestimate the power of determination. Especially when it comes in a four-legged package. Katherine Applegate does a splendid job of depicting a fictional version of Ivan.

It was really cool because I had the opportunity to do an interview with Ms. Applegate over Skype last spring, and I hope I will get to meet her in person at the National Book Festival in Washington this weekend!

~LitKid

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