Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

Today 5 classes from around Michigan, including a class from Upton Middle School, St. Joseph, are interviewing Gary D. Schmidt, author of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy. Students have many carefully thought out questions that they prepared using the ASK process. Here is a sampling of their questions.

  • Why is it important for the sherriff to keep showing his pistol?
  • How is it that you have so much insight into being a ministers son?
  • What do you think of the cover of the book?
  • Did the sherriff mean to push the Reverend over the cliff?
  • In the book, there are lots of beautiful descriptions. Is it hard to write that way? How did you learn to write like that?
  • Why was baseball so essential to the story?
  • As a class we had a prediction that Mr. Stonecroft would burn Mrs. Cobb’s house down. Did you think of that when you were writing that part of the book?
  • I’m a pastor’s kid, so I know how Turner felt. How did you know these feelings? Are you a pastor’s kid yourself?
  • The book has a pretty dark and gloomy ending; why did you end it like that?

It’s so fun to see an author new to the ASK program be delighted with the students questions and their depth of thought on the book. The students thoroughly enjoyed the stories Gary shared that give the background of the stories in the book. Today’s ASK program was definitely a celebration of words & writing!

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