Monday, May 16, 2011

An Inspiring School Visit to Hufford Junior High!

My inspiring audience!
Just last week, I had the awesome experience of visiting Hufford Junior High to talk about the NIGHTSHADE CHRONICLES and speak to over 900 kids! Can you imagine--NINE HUNDRED?? It was such a fantastic experience and the kids were just inspiring! I even got to meet a few kids who'll be at the Young Authors Conference this weekend where I'll get to speak again!

The greatest display EVER and a very sweaty me!
It was a mere 90 degrees in Chicago the day of my visit!

Karen Eaves, Hufford's wonderful Librarian, was such a great hostess. She even put together a whole NIGHTSHADE CITY display! She included Ramsey's house (complete with the gargoyles), the earthworm tribe, and even Nightshade City and its rats! I was so honored that she made it and I must have snapped a million pictures!
Can you see the rats under the house and the little earthworms?
Karen thought of everything!

I want to give a colossal thank you to Ms. Eaves for inviting me, organizing EVERYTHING, and creating the lovely Nightshade City display. I'd also like to thank Karen Glowicki, for setting up my presentation in the auditorium and doing all that lovely technical stuff, as well as the Principal, Anna White, who was just so gracious. Last but my no means least, thank you to all the students! What a fantastic group of kids! Hooray for Hufford!!!
I'm going to say this is Vincent and Victor mulling things over underground! :)
Love these little guys!
See the gargoyles on the roof? Karen got the house so right!
A most inspiring day!

xoxo -- Hilary


  1. hi miss hilary! wow im soooo happy you got so welcomed by that school and all those kids. those pictures are neat.for sure everyone could need to read nightshade city. wow that display is so cool. im glad you had a real good time. RATS RULE!
    ...hugs from lenny

  2. That looks fantastic indeed! 900 kids? Wow!

  3. Love the displays. What a treat for you!

  4. Anonymous5/16/2011

    WOW! Nerve wracking. But I bet tons of fun for everyone : )

  5. Anonymous5/16/2011

    What an awesome school visit. What a great display. Thanks for sharing all of the pictures.

  6. What a totally cool and fun opportunity. I love reaching out to kids about books and writing--that's why I co-founded the Teen Author Boot Camp-- we had some great authors participate and they loved interacting with the kids. (=

  7. 900 kids!! (At least there weren't 900 rats....even though that little rat picture is too cute!)


  8. WOW!!! How nice that is!! I love it.


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