Author April Henry Visited with 7th Grade

Author April Henry Advises Kids to Follow Their Dreams
Young adult author April Henry was candid about how she grew up poor, but her home was always “rich in books”, because her family spent a lot of time at the local library and reading.

She spoke to Maple School seventh graders on May 2 in the library media center. The author of many exciting mysteries for young adults like “The Body in the Woods,” “The Girl I Used To Be,” Ms. Henry gave inspirational advice to the students, and discussed the ways in which she researches her books.

She discussed how she wrote her first book in “fifth or sixth grade” and sent it to renowned author Roald Dahl, who was very complimentary of her work. He even added that his wife and daughter enjoyed her story as well!

However, Ms. Henry didn’t write again until eight years later. That book was “Circles of Confusion.”

“Don’t give up your dreams of success. You are the only one who can say you can’t do something,” stated Ms. Henry.

She said that she gets book ideas from the news; and has gone to police academy to learn more about crime, so that her books are accurate.

A policemen told her that many crime novels are inaccurate because of the writer’s inexperience and/or lack of research.

“Work hard to be better. I believe in perseverance,” she said.

“Do you want to be a writer? Be a reader,” was displayed in her slide show.

A quesion-and-answer session followed; and she signed books purchased by students.

Anderson’s Book Shop arranged the visit. They are the Maple PTO’s book vendor this year. They have arranged free author visits for each grade level at Maple this year!

Beth Preis
Publicity Coordinator
Northbrook/Glenview SD 30
2374 Shermer Road
Northbrook, IL 60062

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