Last day in Sitka.
This morning I did a call in show on “Talk of Alaska Statewide Radio.” Then I had lunch with an interesting group of High School stundents. This was followed by presentations at Sitka High School and Mount Edgecumbe High School. Sitka High has a beautiful auditorium. Edgecumbe High is a boarding school. Both schools had outstanding student who were really fun to speak to.
I got a great email from a wonderful Mom. I live for these emails.
Dear Mr. Smith,
I am a mom writing to you about her son. I just wanted to let you know what a difference you have made in my son\’s life (along with his very awesome reading teacher, Mrs. Tatti). When Brett entered Mrs. Tatti\’s classroom in the 3rd grade he hated to read. She has such a love for reading that it is contagious and one fateful day she prompted him to read one of your books Elephant Run. That book was life-changing for Brett. You have become his favorite author. He has read all of your books with the exception of IQ2 which he has pre-ordered and is anxiously awaiting. When he started the 3rd grade he had the 2nd lowest lexile in the class (234). He is now in the 5th grade and just took an SRI test. He now has the highest lexile of the class (1220). He just wrote book reports on Thunder Cave and The Last Lobo and Mrs. Tatti remarked at the top on how proud she was of him and how proud his favorite author would be as well. I just thought you would like to hear how your writing
has had such a positive effect on a reader. As his mom, I would like to thank you, thank you, thank you! Keep writing then I know he will keep reading! Robin Bricketto
I’m sitting at the Sitka airport waiting for a flight to Fairbanks via Juneau and Anchoage (seems there is no direct way to get anywhere up here). I will arrive in Fairbanks a little after midnight. On the bright side I don’t start speaking tomorrow until 2:00PM, which means I don’t have to set an alarm and I will have a few hours to get some writing done in the morning.