On February 4, author Christine Kendall spoke with over 450 students, staff, and community members on her books, The True Definition of Neva Beane and Riding Chance. Her latest book is an autobiographical coming-of-age story for middle grade readers that was based on her own experiences. Her interactive presentation included an engaging discussion about her books and story inspirations, a look at the research she did to write her books, and concluded with answering questions from students.
Many students commented they found learning more about the sport of Polo fascinating. Mrs. Balke's class at Burleigh Elementary School shared their favorite part of the author visit: "We enjoyed when she showed us the video about Polo so we could understand. We liked when she used the photo of the boy on the horse, and when the teacher told her to speak from your heart. We learned you can write a book from a photograph!"
Kendall visited in promotion of her latest book The True Definition of Neva Beane and has previously been nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth / Teens. Author visits are made possible through Elmbrook's community partnership with Boswell Books. You can learn more about previous and upcoming author visits here.