Slowpoke Update and Skype Author Chat

Slowpoke has gotten a couple more positive reviews, from Booklist :

“Pearce’s succinct text will amuse emerging readers with her only slightly exaggerated references to the hectic pace of modern life. Ritchie’s fluid, cartoon-style illustrations are equally adept at conveying the story’s speedy absurdities…and its more relaxing moments”

and from School Library Journal (scroll down after clicking on the link).

Also, I just found out that Slowpoke now has an Accelerated Reader test (you have to enter the title into the search feature to see it).

Last week, I did a Skype author chat with Carver Elementary School in Florence, SC. It was really fun. The students are third-graders and had all read Slowpoke ahead of time. Their teachers helped them compile questions about the writing process. I missed being able to interact in person with the kids, but it was a good experience. The learning goes both ways with these kinds of things, and it’s always great to hear from readers. I’d like to do more of them in the future. For tips on hosting a Skype author chat, check out this article. If your school wants to host me, please contact bettyasmith (at) bellsouth (dot) net and put “author visit” in the subject line.

The picture above is me on the big screen in Carver’s library. Special thanks to librarian Debra Heimbrook for working with me on this inaugural Skype chat.

Interview on BookNAround

DSC_0020Thank you to my friend Kristen Knox, who interviewed me on her blog, BookNAround.  Kristen must be the most voracious reader I know—-take a look at her blog and you’ll see what I mean. If you want to know about any new book out there, chances are Kristen has already read it. She is a fellow member of the Charlotte chapter of the Women’s National Book Association.

School Visit: Carver Elementary


Here I am speaking to a group of 4th graders at Carver Elementary School in Florence, SC last week. Back in the day, I used to tutor and substitute teach at the “old” Carver, so it was exciting to go back in a different capacity. Special thanks to Debbie Heimbrook, the librarian, who made the whole visit run smoothly. All the 4th grade teachers had read Isabel and the Miracle Baby to their classes, so the kids were really well prepared. I got some great questions and met some young aspiring writers.

Next week I’ll be appearing at the South Carolina Association for School Librarians (SCASL) conference in Columbia, SC. Author Helen Hemphill and I will be speaking about writers as readers. The session time is Thursday at 3:15 p.m. with a book signing afterward.