American School of The Hague
The Hague, Netherlands
I spent four days speaking to the 6th and 8th grade students of the ASH Middle School at your beautiful campus in Wassenaar.
On the first two days I spoke to Grade 6 about my book, Bodies from the Ash. I described how I grew up to be a writer. I loved reading mysteries and watching scary movies, especially if they had a mummy in them.
On the second day I introduced the 8th Grade to the topic of the Holocaust, using information from my books on Kristallnacht and Auschwitz. I talked about how I researched and wrote the books. I also gave them a preview of my upcoming book about a little-known concentration camp named Breendonk.
I also spoke to a class of 11th Grade students about the forgotten people in history, by discussing my recent book, Faces from the Past: Forgotten People of North America.
During my visit, I signed autographs and spent time talking to many of you.
I had a very special four-day visit to your incredible school.
Your teachers and staff members are the best!
I especially want to thank your excellent, dedicated middle school librarian, Michele Velthuizen, who planned my visit and made my stay so memorable. Thank you, Michele!