The Creek Mock Newbery Club celebrated World Read Aloud Day with a Skype author visit. Natalie Lloyd was gracious enough to spend 30 minutes with us this morning. She read Chapter 1 of her new book (A Snicker of Magic), recommended several books, and took LOTS of questions from club members.
Read Alouds are powerful experiences. In this brief read aloud our club realized that the characters have southern accents. This was a revelation for all but two of the kids - what an important element of the story to understand! Natalie uses onomatopoeia to great effect and hearing the sounds added to our enjoyment of the story.
Natalie told us about some of her favorite books when she was in middle school and also recommended a new book by Rebecca Behrens, When Audrey Met Alice. I've added it to my To Be Read Pile. The club will convene again next week to discuss A Snicker of Magic using the Newbery Criteria as our guide - more coming soon from this band of readers! Thanks again to Natalie for visiting with us.