You can thank me if the next time you see Adam Gidwitz he dates your book. Just sayin.' And I'll say that many of the kids in the Maple Hill High School class of 2024, 25 and 26 will probably remember June 12, 2018, for a long time.
I have been a fan of Adam's since the first Grimm book. Fast forward a few years to winter 2016-17 and we are all behind The Inquisitor's Tale. In fact, it won our Newbery Consensus Club and needless to say we were more than thrilled when it won Newbery Honor in 2017 that I lost my voice that morning.
Now 17 months later, Adam ran through our Castleton red carpet.
And even though he was only at school for two hours, it was worth every second. Students and faculty were all still buzzing about it today. Which brings me to this post by Evan who chose to spend his lunch with me so he could dictate a mash up of The Inquisitor's Tale review and a recap of Adam's visit. Enjoy...
"I have to say the Inquisitor's Tale is really good. I never read the author's note but I had to read the author's note because I had to read about how he came up with this book and the research he did. And the author's note was really good. He spent a year in Europe and he went to Paris and other parts of France. Adam was at our school yesterday and I saw him in the hallway signing the posters we have up because it was Adam Gidwitz mania in our school and I saw him with my Newborn  book group leader, Mrs. Warland, and I told Adam that he responded to my blog post. He said he remembered me but just didn't know my name. I thought that was so cool that a Newbery Honor author remembered me and responded to me.
"He was just so nice and so good. He was up. He was active and was happy to see all of us. He was happy to see all the kids. He was happy to see all the sixth graders from last year. You could tell from his expression on his face that he was just "wow." And I think he really liked the atmosphere of our school. He seemed really excited to be here. I don't even know how many authors we have had our school, but I loved Adam Gidwitz. He had to be my favorite author to come to my school yet.
"Give some credit, too, to Hatem Aly. Because it said in the author's note that they would draw in the margins just random drawings and the most popular one they would draw is a guy getting shot in the butt with an arrow. Pretty interesting, right?
"At the presentation, Adam told us that he actually went to one of the monasteries called Mont-Saint Michel and he had a guide with him because there is quicksand. That's included in The Inquisitor's Tale (read it to find out). And there was quicksand and Adam had pull himself out of it, which would take a lot of strength! You are sinking and you are trying to pull yourself out.
"I read some of the Newbery books from last year and I think The Inquisitor's Tale should have won THE Newbery award, not just the honor. Whoever has not read this book, please do. Just please. It was SOOOOO good. And that's a wrap!"And then it was time for recess....I'm cool, I know, but just not enough to miss recess....I understand.
|Adam with Evan!|
It's so intuitive of Evan--As you can see, Adam really does love the kids.
And you really can't leave Castleton without leaping...
And for your reading pleasure, previous blog posts featuring Adam's Inquisitor's Tale:
2017 Consensus Club
The review of 2017 ALA YMA