Sunday, January 3, 2010

ETRTR Winner!

Congratulations to CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL in Edmond, Oklahoma, the winner of this cycle's Exercise the Right to Read challenge. What an amazing school. Not only are the staff and students enthused and involved, they're also generous and giving.
As many of you may know, first prize includes an all-expense paid author day visit from a certain ETRTR captain (and that would be me).
Now, I've visited Central Middle School before on a regularly scheduled "Author Day" visit, and I was really looking forward to going there again, this time gratis. However, Central Middle School put a very interesting and completely unexpected twist in the plot line--they bequeathed me to a "sister school" -- a middle school in their area that, due to funding, has far fewer extra curricular opportunities than Central--and booked a regularly arranged school visit with me for the following day.
I tell you, Central Middle School is amazing.
So this spring, I will be flying clear across the country to visit these two schools in Oklahoma...only that's only part of what's turning out to be something of a perfect storm.
You see, my book Runaway has won Oklahoma's Sequoyah Book Award (in the Intermediate category), and to celebrate this honor I have been invited to be a keynote speaker at the Oklahoma Library Association convention luncheon.
When word got out that I would be in Oklahoma for OLA, schools in the area started requesting me for Author Day at their school, and now you wouldn't believe my calendar--it's jam packed!
But the eye of this "storm" is that, in addition to the school visits and the convention, things have been arranged so that students and teachers from these schools (and others) will meet me at the starting line of the 5K Oklahoma City Memorial Run and, side-by-side, we will "Exercise the Right to Read" together through the streets of Oklahoma City.
The idea of incorporating an ETRTR community run "with the author" started in Fargo, ND, and if you're new to this blog, I urge you to read the "Fargo? You Betcha!" entry from October 4th -- three middle schools combined their resources and energies, did the ETRTR program, and met me at the Fargo Marathon 5K starting line to complete their "marathon" of reading and running. For their enthusiasm, creativity, and participation, these three schools will be awarded prize packages of books and audio tapes as outlined on the Prizes page of the Exercise the Right to Read website.

The schools that participate in this program continue to reinvigorate my faith in what can be accomplished by teachers, administrators, and students who are willing to "go for it." If you're interested in getting involved in the next cycle of ETRTR, check out the School Program page(s) at the Exercise the Right to Read website. It's a fun, free way to combine literacy, fitness, and community service, and (as you now know) there are prizes. Start planning now. I'll see you at the starting line!


neonina05 said...

Runaway was my FAVORITE! I LOVED it! Haha, so you could say that I'm glad to hear it won the award ...

This sounds so much fun. Never been to Oklahoma! =)

Anonymous said...

In the background you can see a poster for Confessions of a Serial Kisser. :] I like all of your books. I think the only ones I havent read re Shreddermen, but I've read/have every other one. :] Okay going to go walk to school in the cold. I hate winter.

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Pooja Dimba said...

I loved Runaway!
They are so lucky to get to meet you, its my dream to meet you one day.
You are like my idol. (After my grandma! of course)

watermelon11 said...

I loved Runaway! That book was amazing! I had my mom read it and she loved it too, and then I told her to read the SK books and she was reading a book per day! And she kept running up to me saying, "Oh my God these books are amazing!" and stuff like that. She's now on Art of Deception. I can't wait for Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher!!! I think I'm going to go insane!!! and BTW, I'm sticking with Sammy till the very end. even if I'm thirty or something by the time the books are finished, I just know it'll be worth it!

Remy said...

Runaway was the best book ever. I literally read it 34 times! It's so good and I think you should write a prequel.

a very big fan :) said...

Hey Wendelin !! :D
Sorry i wanted to write on Jan.6, but i couldnt :(
Im sorry, but HAppy Birthday !!!!!
you rock :)
You also have the same birthday as my Dad ! :)

Anonymous said...

Yay an update today, its been a long week. Stidying for finals and all :/

Rose Sellman said...

hi Wendelin i just wanted to ask if you had any tips for inspiring writers? your one of the reasons i started writing.