James M Deem writes:

Bonjour! I spent one day talking to the 3rd through 10th grade students at the International School of Lyon in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon. Grades 3 and 4, I spoke about my book Bodies from the Ash. I had a lot to say about Mount Vesuvius and the eruption of AD 79 which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum. Grades 5 and 6, I talked about Bodies from the Ice. 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). Grades 6 and 7, I discussed "Researching and Writing about History:" 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.

Grades 8 through 10, I spoke about Kristallnacht, the time that the Nazis terrorized the Jews of Germany and Austria using 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. All in all, it was a great day! Merci à vous pour l'invitation à visiter votre école et pour votre accueil très chaleureux.

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


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