Polson Students Enjoy Virtual Book Talk with Author Alan Gratz

On Feb. 1, all Polson Grade 7 students joined a virtual book talk with popular author Alan Gratz to discuss his latest book, Ground Zero. RJ Julia Booksellers hosted the event through its “Authors to Schools” program.

Alan Gratz is a favorite among Polson students according to Library Media Specialist Paige Przybylski. She said Gratz’s, “compelling works of historical fiction appeal to readers of all ages, and include engaging characters and plotlines. His books Refugee, Prisoner B-3087, and Projekt 1065 are especially popular amongst Polson students.”

Grade 7 students joined students from Daniel Hand as well as students from East Haven and as far away as Texas and Canada on the book talk. Przybylski said students seemed to enjoy the Q&A section of the talk the most. Students were able to pose questions directly to Gratz or “upvote” other questions they saw and wanted to hear the answers to.   

“What an amazing opportunity to get insider information from such a talented and high-profile writer!” she said. “From a teaching standpoint, we loved the interdisciplinary approach: he spoke about 9/11 and its lasting impact, and also discussed the importance of the revision process and how to combat writer’s block.”

Students in Grades 6 and 8 will have access to the book talk recording in their Language Arts class this week. Przybylski said she hopes to continue to bring events like this to students throughout the year.

Alan Gratz screenshot
Alan Gratz Q and A screenshot