“They had very appropriate questions, which is always a good thing,” said Lisa Earby, principal. “They are very interested in writing at this age.”
The special event was used as an opportunity to give the students a “brain break.”
“It is kind of a nice little break in the midst of TCAP preparation. It gets them all relaxed, which we want them to be,” Earby said. “We don’t want them to be stressed. We try to put something fun in the middle, so this came at the perfect time.”
Rachel Stewart, librarian and media specialist, coordinated the event.
“These ladies volunteered their time. They were on their way to another event and offered to stop by,” Stewart said. “It is really a priceless opportunity for these kids. How better to encourage them to read?”
Students listened as Tubb, Trollinger and Barrett showcased their books. They were then asked if they had any questions. Hands shot up across the gym.
“What inspired you the most?” a student asked.
Trollinger, author of “Thrill in the Ville” and “Perfect Timing,” said she had a thing about fairness.
On the other hand, Tubb, author of “The 13th Sign” and “Selling Hope,” said she was inspired by nature. She was also intrigued by what makes people tick.
“I also really love exploring why people believe what they believe,” Tubb said. “[In ‘The 13th Sign’] I’m looking at why people make bad decisions.”
Barrett, author of “The 100-Year-Old Secret” and “King of Ithaca,” said she was interested in the other side of the story.
“No one is ever a minor character in their own life,” she said as a reminder to students.
The authors had enough time to field about five questions. Many hands were left in the air when the event came to an end, and students were encouraged to relay their questions to their teachers. Additional queries will be answered through email.
Each author was approached by shy and excited students alike. Adults and students both requested autographs. Earby said the authors’ books ordered for the event did not arrive in time. Trollinger, Tubb and Barrett said they would sign book plates to place in the copies.
Tubb said she sees herself in the students. As a sixth-grade student, Tubb received the opportunity to interview her favorite author, Madeleine L’Engle.
“I think the number one thing [was that] I always wanted to pay [it] forward because I got to interview my favorite author,” Tubb said. “Reading and writing go hand in hand. If you like to write, you’ll probably love to read and vice versa. I love the fact there is so much synergy between reading and writing.”
Earby said Ross students enjoy both activities.
“They are very interested in writing at this age. I love when I am in a classroom and students finish their work and almost all of them are grabbing a book to read for a few minutes,” Earby said. “It is by their choice. You will see them sliding their books out trying to read for a few minutes.”
Tubb said she loves talking about her favorite stories and sharing stories with kids.
“[Interviewing L’Engle] was an opportunity of a lifetime, and obviously it was a big influence on future choices,” Tubb said. “I think of that when I do school visits. I hope there is one kid there who loves to write and walks away with a passion for writing. That is huge.”