By Morgan Christensen
New York Times best selling author Lisa McMann visited Cactus Canyon Junior High on Dec. 16. McMann has written the novel The Unwanteds and students who have read the book were excited to meet her in the library.
McMann talked about how how her friends and family inspired and participated in the writing The Unwanteds. The students that got to go meet the author were chosen at random, although they were students that visit the library frequently.
The Unwanteds is different from the other stories McMann has written because it’s her first book directed toward a younger audience. Most of the books she writes like the Wake trilogy, are for young adults.
CCJH has has hosted three authors this year and school librarian Jennifer Cameron said the visits show students the process of writing and how the writer’s life influences his or her work.
“An author visit helps students understand that inspiration can come from any number of experiences, relationships and that the most important part of writing is to ‘just do it,’” said Jennifer Cameron the school librarian.
“I learned a little insight about what goes on before the book is even created,” said Kelsey Martinez, an eighth grader who met the author.