Working at an elementary school has its benefits when writing for a Middle Grade target audience. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to speak to almost all of the 3rd through 5th grade classes, share my books, and get their feedback.
The students at my school are amazing. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of being stopped in the hallway to hear “Ms. Hamel! I’m reading your book and I love it!” I always ask them which one they are reading and where they are in it so we can discuss it. I also ask each of them to tell me when they are done and what they thought of it.
A couple of teachers took it one step farther and had their students write reviews for me. They are so touching. I’ll be updating my website later today to share some of the actual letters, but here are some blurbs in the meantime (these are all for Kobi: Memoirs of a Mustang):
– I really loved Kobe because it was so wonderful and I love books that are written from the animals point of view because you never know what an animal is thinking.
-A touching and cozy book for animal lovers to curl up with on the couch. Watch Kobi go from colt to mustang on this wild, wild ride!
– Kobi is much more than you think he is. He will blow you away.
and my favorite…
– Kobi was just a wild horse but now he is the most coolest champion and I want to give all my prayers to the beloved friend of Kobi, Jake, and I hope he rests in peace in heaven.
Check out my website later today for more!