Thursday, May 14, 2009

Book Launch Party!

They sure know how to throw a launch party at Monmouth Junction Elementary School. I had a blast. (Sorry, I'll stop with the space puns one of these days)
The party began with the 5th grade classes. We talked about living in the sixties, the moon walk and what it meant to the world. We also talked about how when you're a writer, you get to name a book character after your older sister (who also happens to be one of their teachers).
Then we listened to a sample of the audio book of Neil Armstrong is My Uncle. It was the first time I heard it. Very cool.
I was showered with cards and good wishes. And they made a book mark! I'll show you that in my next post. Don't you love the poster and rocket drawing?
I met a girl who dressed up as MaryBeth Grabowsky (a book character in NAIMU) on Book Character Day, another who shared the same birthday as my book, and I got to talk to all the children who sent me notes and drew me pictures after reading the ARC.
Then it was onto 4th grade where the party continued. Those 4th graders asked great questions about writing and reading.
I signed books! It took a moment to make that mental switch from the librarian, who generally frowns on book writing, to the author who was about to sign her own book for the first time.
It was a great day!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great day! Every day you should be showered with cards and good wishes. I'm glad Janie Lee and her class were able to share your day. Looks like they took a lot of time and thought to make your day even more special!
... all I can say is, 'to infinity, and beyond!' (although that might have been said by someone else.)

Anonymous said...

Jackie's been listening to the audiotape. She says it's "hilarious." She's also very impressed that you got a quote from Patricia Reilly Giff who's one of her favorite authors. BTW, I'm still very weepy. You did good.
xx, Deb

nanmarino said...

Thanks VTrebore and Deb. I can't wait to find out what Jackie thinks when she's done.