A letter I just received from a school librarian:
I just thought I would pass along to you what we are doing for a culminating activity. We are going to have a spelling bee in the same fashion described in the book. I am culling all the words from the book. Since we are only about an hour away from Disney World, the prize was going to be an adult and child’s ticket to the park. However, it proved to be too expensive, so the prize will be a bundle of books, including your How to Steal a Dog, and Me and Rupert.
One of the 3rd grade teachers has been stressing all year because her students are not progressing very quickly. Today she said she has four teams who are so excited about the spelling bee they are taking the dictionary to lunch with them to study words. I think this is very exciting and tangible way in which your book has inspired our students.