International School of Zurich

Middle School Campus

Zurich, Switzerland


Hello, Grades 6-8! 

As I walked into your beautiful school building, I was greeted by a video display of my books and a warm welcome to your guest author. I gave a presentation to the entire school in which I spoke about how I grew up to be a writer and how I research my books.

I liked to read when I was small.

I talked to Grades 7 and 8 about my book, Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. I explained that glaciers are dangerous to travelers and to future generations on Earth. I also introduced you to a number of different people who have been found at the edges of melting glaciers. Although they are important archaeological and historical discoveries, there is a high price involved: if glaciers melt completely, our drinking water will be severely reduced.   

The audience at the assembly.

The audience at the assembly.

I spoke to Grade 6 about my research on Ötzi, the Iceman from the Alps. I explained how he was discovered and described the many mistakes that the recovery team made in releasing him from the ice (remember the scratch of the car key?). 

 Thank you for being such great, inquisitive students and asking so many good questions. Your super librarian, Mrs. Schreier, planned my two day visit and made sure that it ran smoothly. I want to thank her for all of her hard work!