Lindbergh elementary grades 2nd to 5th had a wonderful Skype visit with author Lauren Tarshis. Tarshis writes historical novels on disasters and wars as well as narrative nonfiction. She is publishing her 15th "I survived" historical novel. Titles include "I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005, and "I Survived The Sinking of the Titanic, 1912." Her nonfiction is as intriguing as her fiction with real stories about nature and disasters including "Nature Attacks" 'Summer of Terror The True Story of the Shark Attacks of 1916' and 'The Invisible Monster One Girl's encounter with the Deadly Box Jellyfish.' Students had an engaging discussion and asked all kinds of questions ranging from "why do moms and dads die in your historical novels?," "what inspired you to write "I survived," and "would you rather swim with a great white shark or a box jellyfish." She would rather swim with a great white, a majestic predator who has been here since the dinosaurs. She quickly points out that humans harm way more sharks than sharks do humans.
Lauren Tarshis was warm and approachable and mentions her children as inspiration for her novels. What a fun way to start our day!