Looking Back #11: All School Read

I’m counting down to the publication of The Unbreakable Code with highlights from the past two years since Book Scavenger was published. So much has happened in such a short time, and I’ve been so busy trying to keep up, that I’ve neglected to share many of the big and small moments. So here we go, in no particular order . . .

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Earlier this year a Denver-area school selected Book Scavenger as their all school read. This school has an annual One Book program, and it was so cool to be a part of it.

Check out how decked out the school was!

That’s Morse Code running down the sides of the hallways. And notice the San Francisco street signs hanging from the ceiling?

There were giant banners of San Francisco locations featured in the book. They even set up this scene where poor Mr. Griswold had his run-in with Barry and Clyde.

The banners had interesting San Francisco facts on them. I learned a lot!

I walked by this poster a few times thinking it was for a real concert. But look again!

At the beginning of their One Book week, the principal announced that the manuscript for my second book was missing and a local detective believed it was hidden somewhere in their school building. Students had to seek out a series of puzzles and solve them correctly in order to find the manuscript. Once they did, they were entered in a drawing to receive an advance copy of The Unbreakable Code.

I talked about writing Book Scavenger and read a chapter from The Unbreakable Code. I even told them the title for Book Scavenger #3, which I’m working on right now (although that will probably change).

There were so many favorite things about this school visit, but this might top them all: a giant wall filled with signatures of all the kids who participated in the one book program.

That’s only a portion of the wall. What a great school of readers!


It was an absolute delight and honor to have Book Scavenger be their One Book, One School selection.


In case you missed it:

Looking Back #1: Re-visiting my alma maters

Looking Back #2: Meeting my editor

Looking Back #3: Meeting Ann M. Martin

Looking Back #4: A Memorable San Francisco Trip

Looking Back #5: Steves and pencils

Looking Back #6: Atlanta Book Group

Looking Back #7: A Story Behind the Story

Looking Back #8: Battle of the Books

Looking Back #9: Detective Day!

Looking Back #10: Hicklebee’s!