This past Saturday I attended the UCF Book Festival. It was such a fun experience, but then I suppose any event that celebrates books is fun. There were heaps of activities and handouts for kids. Unfortunately my boys had soccer games so they weren’t able to come this year.
The arena was filled with venders. In the children’s section, I met Suzie Caffery & Diahn Escue, authors of THE MANGROVE TREE. It’s a top to bottom book and I had to get myself a copy because I knew I could use it in my classroom.
When I walked into the UCF arena, I must have missed the people handing out programs because it I didn’t get the brochure until later and therefore missed the YA panel. But I did make it in time for the dystopia panel, which had Jessica Khoury, author of ORIGIN, on it. They discussed the make-up of a dystopian society and what it is about dystopian themes that resonates with readers. Jessica’s tip to the audience was to “Write hot. Edit cold.”
Way up in the nose-bleed section of the arena, Jessica chatted with a group of middle graders and teens about her book and read us the first few pages.
Jessica signed a copy of ORIGIN for me to give away to you guys, my readers! This book is AWESOME guys. I love, love, loved ORIGIN. So if you haven’t read it, you need to comment below to enter a chance to win it. Or just buy it! This autographed copy is only open to US residents. Sorry!
Have you been to any book festivals that you love?