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Comments From Hosting Schools and Libraries
Wendelin was a star from beginning to end. She arrived
from sunny California into a freezing January Chicago winter
around midnight, her plane having been delayed. She was cheerier
than one would expect under the circumstances. Her presentation
was energetic, informative, a real crowd pleaser. For months
afterward there was not a Van Draanen book on the shelf in
our library. This is an author that is amazing on a personal
and professional level. Wendelin is a special guest that adults
and children remember long after her visit.
Peg Ciszek, Public Library School Liaison
Wendelin Van Draanen spares no energy, and her enthusiasm
for writing is contagious! Our teachers and students, ages
10-12, were totally enthralled by her dramatic and engaging
presentations, both to large and small groups. Her flexibility
to scheduling, style and substance of presentation is a plus,
too. A human dynamo!
Linda Bennett, Library Media Teacher
Wendelin Van Draanen has a personality that makes an
instant connection with middle school kids. With her energetic
vibrant style, she is able to share thoughts and ideas about
writing and being an author that is appealing to students.
Her musical talent sprinkled with jewels of humor throughout,
crowns her enthusiastic presentation. Wendelin promotes her
three R’s philosophy with a passion. Reading, Running
and Rock-n-Roll drives each day of her life with a positive
attitude to be presented in her books and in each of her presentations.
Jeff Edwards, Principal
Sammy Keyes came alive when Wendelin visited our school. She
Vicky Turk, Principal
Wow! Wendelin was fantastic!!! We loved her funny, lively,
animated, heartwarming talk. She shared with us personal experiences
from her childhood and really touched us with how she turned
hardships into triumphs. We have all become avid readers of
her books. Shredderman, Swear to Howdy, Flipped and
Sammy Keyes have been mainstay read alouds in our library.
Steffani Lera, Library Media Assistant
Wendelin is a big hit at our schools. Her high energy
presentations really get the kids interested in reading her
books. Even middle schoolers show enthusiasm when she is here.
We will invite her to come again soon!
George Pilling, District Librarian
Wendelin is a motivational speaker. Her assemblies are
always entertaining and result in increased writing effort
by the students. She captivates her audience and instinctively
knows how to differentiate her approach to keep the attention
of both the primary and upper grade students.
Kathy Pritchard, Principal
Wonderful! I loved her, the kids loved her, they’re
still asking for her books!
Wanda Adams, Language Arts Teacher
My students loved her, and so did I.
Donna Johnson, Language Arts Teacher
Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
Leslie Furlong, Language Arts Teacher
Having Wendelin visit our school was wonderfully entertaining!
She brings a sense of fun and adventure along as she shares
her life and the craft of writing. Just as Sammy Keyes and
Nolan (aka Shredderman) have a dry wit and clear sense of
justice, Wendelin herself brings her characters to life when
she shares herself with an audience. Our students delighted
in knowing more about Wendelin, her stories and the writing
Roberta Hough, Teacher
Wendelin talks about the writing process with the kids.
She talks about the frustration and excitement and ultimately
the sense of accomplishment of writing. Wendelin encourages
the kids to write, write, and write. She sings and dances
during her visit, the kids love her. My classroom is full
of Sammy Keyes fans.
Anne Harris, Teacher
We were very fortunate to have Wendelin Van Draanen visit
our school. One of the students said that just listening and
watching her makes you want to read. She is very entertaining
and I recommend her to all librarians when want an author
Connie Oberneder, Librarian
A visit from Wendelin Van Draanen is a very special treat.
Her winning smile and vibrant personality are contagious.
Our students loved her energy as well as her wit. We can’t
keep her books on the shelf. That’s what it’s
all about—convincing them to read, and she does that!
Becky Young, Instructional Assistant
Wendelin Van Draanen is an enthusiastic speaker who captures
the attention of children and young adults through her dynamic
style and affection for the characters she has created. Listeners
leave her presentations with an excellent understanding of
the creative writing process, the desire to read ALL of her
books and the remembered laughter of a joyful experience.
The Van Draanen section on the fiction shelf is always empty
for several months after one of her visits!
Melinda Steep, Assistant Library Director
Field School enjoyed having Wendelin Van Draanen visit.
Her presentations are captivating and she has the knack for
holding the audience attention from start to finish. She is
very animated and having the CD with her songs brings her
presentation to a different level than any other author we
have had. The students will truly enjoy this wonderful writer.
Our students continue to check out the Sammy Keyes books as
well as Wendelin's other books.
Mrs. Jane Everett & Mrs. Patti Kisielius,
We were so fortunate to have had Wendelin as our visiting
author. Not only was she delightfully entertaining in her
presentation, but highly informative and insightful about
the writing process and the highs and lows of getting published,
always keeping my students' rapt attention. Her books flew
off the shelf and continue to hold a strong audience.
Judy Baldwin, Librarian
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