International School of Paris

Paris, France

Hello, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders! I visited you to talk about how I became a writer and how I research my books. I'm hoping you'll get some ideas about how to do your own research and writing.

I talked about the biggest influences from my childhood: especially a haunted house or two and some scary mummy movies.

The haunted house I lived in


Some scary mummy movies


Talking about my research on bog bodies from northern Europe

You asked so many thoughtful and provocative questions that we could have spent hours talking.

Answering another question

A sip of water between answers

I also shared information about my book, Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. I told you about the melting glaciers and what has been discovered. I explained why glaciers are important and why they have been so feared in the past. 

Thank you and your librarian, Carol Whitehouse, who arranged this wonderful visit.