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I Met Gary Schmidt!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

“All art is to give you more to think about. To give you more to be a human being with.”

Gary Schmidt

The excitement was palpable as Gary Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor-winning author and National Book Award finalist, arrived to talk with Landmark Middle School students. Schmidt has written dozens of books, including Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and The Wednesday Wars, and many other young adult novels and nonfiction books.Gary Schmidt at Landmark School

Schmidt spoke, or perhaps a better word for it is effervesced, for more than an hour-and-a-half to an enthralled audience.. His ability to hold their attention was amazing and testament to his deft storytelling and warm nature.

Schmidt told stories, shared inspiration for some of his books, and offered words of wisdom to our students and their teachers. He talked about the importance of writers sharing truths about their world and how every story should leave the reader with a question to think about.

Gary Schmidt Signing BooksSchmidt also told anecdotes about being a youngster struggling to read. It wasn’t until after fourth grade that a teacher took him under her wing and taught him to read, helping him become the person and writer he is today. Schmidt graciously answered many of our students’ questions and stayed to sign books and meet students personally. It was a thrilling visit from one of Landmark students favorite authors.