Since my recent booktalk about Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan, there have been many requests to get more copies of the book for our library. Whew! I don't normally try to do something sarcastic with a booktalk and there was a possibility that I might have unintentionally persuaded some of you to not read the book. There was no reason to fear. The Maze of Bones book talk turned out to be one of the most successful in generating interest in reading this year. (If this technique works, I'll have to think of some other books you shouldn't read.)
However, before I move on to the next book, I wanted to share with you something interesting that came in my mailbox today. I received a package from San Antonio Texas. Inside was a brand new library copy of the Maze of Bones, sans (without) trading cards. The note inside said:
"Dear Mr. Schoeneck
I have enclosed a library edition of Maze to replace your library's consumer copy.
The postage stamp says San Antonio. The return label says San Antonio. Rick Riordan, the author of Maze of Bones, lives in San Antonio. I'm guessing Becky Riordan is Rick's wife. (How did she find out about my blog?)
Becky, thanks for the gift! Happy Holidays to you as well and let Rick know we regard him as one of our favorite authors here at CLMS .
Becky and Rick, you are welcome anytime. Would you be interested in visiting us here in Lindstrom, MN? It gets a little warmer here in the spring. We're just a few miles outside of MPLS/St. Paul and would be thrilled to have you.
Chisago Lakes Middle School