Yesterday my class and I had a fabulous Skype visit with the delightful Frank Cottrell Boyce. I was a big fan of his book Millions and then became an even bigger fan of his latest book, Cosmic. I love reading it aloud and can say with complete assurance that the three classes I’ve read it aloud to are as enthused about it as I am.
While I was excited about yesterday’s opportunity I also was nervous. It is one thing to Skype with one person, computer to computer, and quite another to do it with a whole class. Also, I’d finished reading the book a while ago — what if the kids had forgotten it or had lousy questions for Frank?
Turned out I had no need to fret. One of our wonderful school tech folks set everything up and used a camera to zoom in on the different kids as they questioned Frank and saw to it that all went smoothly. And the kids’ questions — they were excellent. Frank told us all sorts of great things about his development as a writer, much about the inspiration and writing of Cosmic, and a bit about his newest project — a sequel to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He showed us the cover and it looks fun. While I’m always a bit skeptical of this sort of thing (another author taking over something from a deceased author), I’ve liked so much of what Frank has done to date that I’m hopeful.
We recorded the session and, once it is edited down, plan to put it up on the school’s website. In the meantime do read my students’ virtual thank you notes. My thanks to Frank and Walden Media for this great experience.