When I was visiting schools in Rochester, Michigan, for Authors in April, some of the schools asked students to prepare a little skit to introduce me.
Here is one of them:
Student #1: Rachel...Rachel...Rachel! Are you listening to me?
Student #2: Wait, what did you say, Maya? I didn't hear you. I can't stop reading this book. I read the first sentence and it literally pulled me right in.
Student #1: What book are you reading?
Student #2: Really? You don't know what book this is? It's Greetings from Nowhere, only written by the best author ever known. Do you know who that is?
Student #1: Ummm, I don't know. Is it Cynthia Rylant?
Student #2: No, silly! It's Barbara O'Connor.
Student #1: Do you mean the Barbara O'Connor who wrote my favorite book, The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester?
Student #2: Yep. That's correct.
Student #1: You know she's here right now, don't you, Rachel?
Student #2: Really? You have to be kidding. Barbara O'Connor lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts.
Student #1: Well, turn around.
Student #2: Am I hallucinating or is it really Barbara O'Connor?
Student #1: It's her Rachel!
Both students: Now, introducing the fantastic author of all these books, Barbara O'Connor
[Note: The students had read on my website that my favorite author is Cynthia Rylant. hahaha]