After our monthlong reading challenge focused on the I Survived series, a select group of students got to participate in an author Skype with Lauren Tarshis, the series author. The students were very excited to ask questions and share about their reading experience.
Lauren Tarshis read chapter 1 from the next I Survived book about the Hindenburg disaster. We all wanted her to keep going, because as she explained the first chapter is a "hook"; though in her writing she actually writes it last.
So far in the series all the main characters have been boys, and many people wondered why? She revealed that the book she is currently writing has a main character named Jessie, who is a girl! The book focuses on the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens, the volcano in Washington.