Sue Wallman - author of young adult thriller LYING ABOUT LAST SUMMER
Sue Wallman, author of young adult thriller LYING ABOUT LAST SUMMER, published on 5th May by Scholastic @swallman
Rita Antoinette Borg – Storyteller and Children’s Author
Adult Book Section was upstairs: the Children’s Books Section was downstairs.
One day downstairs, I read the last page of a picture book” Tikki Tikki Tembo” by Arlene Mosel.
Then, I whispered to the librarian,” Where can I find the book,” The Good Earth”, by Pearl Buck?”
The librarian smiled and said, “ That’s upstairs. Are you ready to read the upstairs books?”
I nodded, but I wasn’t sure.
“My teacher said to read “Good Earth”’, I said, clenching my lips together.
“All right then, “ said the librarian, who knew me well, “ You can go upstairs, Rita. It’s on the very first shelf. If you can’t reach it call me.”
I ascended the staircase as if landing on an alien planet, deep in outer space. Breathing in, I gazed around the new floor. I had made it. I bounded to the first bookshelf.
I found the book.
I couldn’t reach it.
I climbed one shelf, two shelves, three shelves.
I grabbed the book, held it tight and jumped down. The pages fell open. There and then, I departed on my first adult voyage to China.
Rita Antoinette Borg grew up near Central Park in New York City. Always reading and learning, she writes magazine articles, poetry and stories. She visits schools as a storyteller and children’s author. She has seven books published, and a picture book about an alien is soon on its way; along with a long poem about dolphins in an anthology. Rita has three kids, a husband who is a microbiologist and a border collie named Dakota. Rita now resides in Malta, but misses New York City very much.
Candy Gourlay – Author of Tall Story and Shine
I was the librarian's pet at my school - Miss Evelyn Diaz was her name. I must have been nine? Eight? Twelve? I am of the age now where the memory is all a blur. But I remember the books. Towers of them! We were only allowed to borrow two at a time but Miss Diaz kept some under the counter for me and when nobody was looking stamped me through with four, five, six in one go.
As a grade schooler, I loved the mystery serials. I borrowed every single serial there was - The Beverley Gray Mysteries, The Hardy Boys, The Nancy Drew Mysteries, The Bobbsey Twins, The Judy Bolton Detective Series and those mysteries by Enid Blyton starring Freddie Algernon Trottesville (Fatty, for short).
Miss Diaz made me feel special - like we shared between us this golden treasure that no one else had access to in the school. When I begged to add just one more book to the pile, she was amazed and excited. When I brought the books back, she was delighted that I had read them so quickly.
Candy Gourlay is the author of Tall Story and Shine you can find out more by visiting her web-site http://candygourlay.com or following her on twitter @candygourlay