I wanted to share this with you all. It’s an awesome experience that usually only happens once in a lifetime for an 11 yr old….or anyone of any age.
Today at our son, Logan ‘s campus (Gilbert Elementary – 5th & 6th grades) they were visited by a well known, award winning author. Bill Wallace is the author of many award-winning novels for grade-school and middle-grade readers. His stories, some set in the historic Old West and others taking place in the present day, offer adventure and a dash of comedy for young audiences. In many cases, animals play key roles, and sometimes are even the main characters of Wallace’s books.
One of Logan ‘s favorites is “Red Dog”….here’s a little more about that book. Wallace has also delved into historical novels, blending his love for animals in the books Red Dog and Buffalo Gal. Red Dog, set in the 1860s, hearkens back to A Dog Called Kitty in its tale of a boy’s bond with a dog. The main character, twelve-year-old Adam, carries a grudge about having to move to a new home, just like Luke in Beauty. When Adam’s stepfather, Sam, takes the family from Tennessee to the Wyoming wilderness, the boy finds some companionship in a puppy. While Adam is left in charge after Sam leaves on an extended trip, a group of men hoping to acquire the gold on the family’s land attack the boy and his dog. Adam escapes and is pursued by the greedy gold seekers, who ultimately meet a surprising foe. Reviewers praised Wallace for his honest portrayal of the rugged, difficult way of life in a frontier wilderness. Susan Rice, writing in Voice of Youth Advocates, compared Red Dog to Jim Kjelgaard’s Big Red in its combination of coming-of-age tae and animal story, and deemed Wallace’s novel “recommended reading for any elementary or junior high reader.” School Library Journal reviewer Barbara Chat-ton similarly pointed out that Red Dog has “special appeal to reluctant readers.”
I am so proud of Logan . He already has 300 AR points this year, and that is every student’s yearly goal. They all strive to meet that goal by the last month of school. :o) By him having all of his AR points…he was chosen as one of the 14 students who were picked to ask Mr. Bill Wallace a personal question during his time at Gilbert campus. Logan was thrilled to say the least, and has been waiting for today for a week now!! He came home from school yesterday on cloud nine because he was told yesterday that he’d be asking one of the questions during the assembly that Mr. Wallace would be holding.
Just thought I’d share some of our excitement from today!!!