I found her talk very inspirational! She spoke of her challenging childhood and the fact that she struggled as a reader and a writer. Lynda gave the audience some insight into her writing process, as well as where many of the ideas for plot and characters of "One for the Murphys originated.
When she told the audience that she "never knew you could see movies in your head when you read a book" until her 6th grade teacher gave her "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume, I was moved. I can only hope that some of my book recommendations have a similar impact on my current students.
As a teacher, her message about the importance of a teacher's high expectations really struck a chord with me. I have always told my students that I expect them to work hard and do their best because I care about them and their future!
Thank you Lynda for a truly memorable night! I look forward to sharing some of your words of wisdom with my students and your upcoming book "Fish in a Tree." The students at the Renzulli Academy will LOVE the books you have donated to our growing school library:)
Check out Lynda on this year's Global Read Aloud and follow her on twitter at @LynMullalyHunt!