What a fun author visit from Remy Lai!
Before the visit, students came up with MANY questions that she answered:
1. How long does it take to make the book?
I got the idea of the two boys baking in 2016, but I only figured out the story in 2017, and I think from there, it took me 6 months of full time writing and illustrating to write and draw the book.
2. What is your first book? / How many books have you written?
PIE IN THE SKY is my first book, but I have many manuscripts (around 20) that I wrote before PIE that did not get published (but I might try to publish them again in the future).
3. Is the book based off your childhood? / Is this a true story?
Parts of it is based off my childhood. I only learned English when I was nine years old. And [spoiler alert] my older sister did leave me behind at a bus station and I did end up at the police station.
4. What inspired you to write the book? / How did you come up with the idea for the book?
It started with an image that popped into my mind, of two brothers secretly baking cakes. When I figured out they couldn’t speak English, the story fell into place, and from there, I borrowed things from my childhood.
5. How did you come up with the characters?
The brothers popped into my head almost fully formed. My characters in my stories usually pop into my head as an image. I think I’m a very visual thinker. For the other characters, I came up with them as I wrote the story. The other characters are the ones that are needed to advance the plot and to also bring about the changes in the two brothers.
6. Why is it called PIE IN THE SKY when they make cakes? / How did you come up with the title?
The original title was RULES FOR MAKING CAKES but my editor changed it to PIE IN THE SKY and I think he was right to do that. Pie in the Sky is the name of the cake shop the boys’ dad would have opened in Australia if he hadn’t passed away. It is also an idiom that means “an impossible dream”, and it symbolizes the dream the dad has for the brothers, for them to have a better life in Australia. It also speaks of how hard it is for someone to migrate to another country. For some people, it might seem impossible.
7. Has my dad died?
Yes. He passed away many years ago. Writing about the boys’ father being dead was hard for me.
8. How old are you?
I’m old enough to be your mom but not old enough to be your grandma.
9. Are you going to write another book?
I have finished writing and drawing another book, but it will only come out next year May 12, 2020.
Grades 3-5 AUTHOR VISIT
HER BOOK: PIE IN THE SKY
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Holly Goldberg Sloan I have made a living as a writer since I was in my early twenties. I've worked in film and television. Family entertainment. I've put words in the mouths of angels and elephants–soccer players and crocodile hunters.
But nothing has been as fulfilling as writing my book.
I believe that what we experience as we go through life—the incidents and actions, people and places—the small bits and the big pieces—are determinative. I wouldn't call it fate. And I wouldn't call it chance. For me it's something squishy in between
Visit her online at http://hollygoldbergsloan.com
Avery Bloom, who’s bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who’s fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads.
When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends–and possibly, one day, even sisters.
But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can’t imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family?
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My name is Barry Deutsch. I’m the author and illustrator of the Hereville graphic novels, which are about “yet another troll-fighting 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl.”
Hereville books have been awarded the Oregon Book Award, the Sydney Taylor Book Award, the Cybil Award, and the Oregon Spirit Book Award.
Hereville books have received ten starred reviews so far, including reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal. The first Hereville was described by aSchool Library Journal reviewer as “the best graphic novel of 2010 for kids. Bar none.”
More importantly, kids love graphic novels! Kids are used to looking at books in the classroom, and watching cartoons or reading comics on their own time, but graphic novels combine the intensity of storytelling with the fun of images. They teach students to read, but more, to enjoy reading–which may be the most important skill of all!
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He talked in depth about his character (animal) research from print to monkeys crawling on his head. Our students were full of very intellectual questions about his work and inspirations for further books.
Thanks Eliot for inspiring our readers and future authors!
ELIOT SCHREFER is a New York Times-bestselling author, and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. In naming him an Editor’s Choice, the New York Times has called his work “dazzling… big-hearted.” His books have been named to the NPR “best of the year” list, the ALA best fiction list for young adults, and the Chicago Public Library’s “Best of the Best.” His work has also been selected to the Amelia Bloomer List, recognizing best feminist books for young readers, and he has been a finalist for the Walden Award and won the Green Earth Book Award and Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. He lives in New York City, and is the children's book reviewer for USAToday.
- Kirkus, **Starred Review**
The Lion King meets Wings of Fire in the magical rainforest kingdom of Caldera in this new middle grade animal fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer.
Caldera has forever been divided into those animals who walk by night and those who walk by day. Nightwalker panthers, like young Mez and her beloved sister, have always feared daywalkers as creatures of myth and legend. Until the eclipse.
Now Mez has discovered that she can cross the Veil and enter the daylight world. Her magical power has unknown depths, but she must rush to discover it after a mysterious stranger arrives at her family’s den, bearing warnings of a reawakened evil.
Saving Caldera means Mez must leave her sister behind and unite an unlikely group of animal friends to unravel an ancient mystery and protect their rainforest home.
OTHER MIDDLE GRADE FICTION BY ELIOT SCHREFER
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