International School of Lyon

Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France


Bonjour! I spent one day talking to the 3rd through 10th grade students at the International School of Lyon in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon.

For Grades 3 and 4, I spoke about my book Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii. I had a lot to say about Mount Vesuvius and the eruption of AD 79 which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. For Grades 5 and 6, I talked about Bodies from the Ice: Melting Glaciers and the Recovery of the Past. I talked about glaciers and what's been found in them as they have melted, including the oldest frozen human mummy ever found (the Iceman from the Alps).

For Grades 6 and 7, I discussed "Researching and Writing about History." I talked about how I get an idea, what I read, how I research by visiting museums and specific sites and interviewing experts, how I find images for my books, and why I look for primary sources. I also explained how I don't take the easy way out of doing my research or writing...and why you shouldn't either.

For Grades 8 through 10, I explained Kristallnacht. This brief time period prior to World War II is an important one to understand, because it was essentially the first step towards the Holocaust in many ways. This is the time that the Nazis terrorized the Jews of Germany and Austria and used the scapegoat of Herschel Grynszpan to do so.


Finally, I had lunch with a group of aspiring young writers. You asked a lot of questions about writing, and hopefully I was able to help you with your ideas. It was a

All in all, it was a great day!

Merci à vous pour l'invitation à visiter votre école et pour votre accueil très chaleureux. Continuez à lire et à écrire!

And thanks to your wonderful librarian, Katharina Wezel, for planning such a memorable visit!