Our upper grade students were treated to guest author, Jason Silva. He began by reading a mysterious letter, while sitting at a table laid with curious items. Our students were riveted from the beginning. His book(s) take place in a dark, magical setting. There are creepy villainous characters and an unlikely hero you can't help but cheer on.
Silva says his books have a message of hope. Although Book 1 just scratches the surface of the mystery, the central message is that "when things seem irreversibly dark, we can bond together, face it together. But ultimately hope comes from within us, and we don't know always know why. There are curiosities in this world and in Edgar's, as well as spells, which come in many forms. Trust your heart."
I especially loved when kids asked Silva about his own writing process. They gasped as he said he writes his stories relatively quickly, but then takes 2 or more YEARS to revise! :)
Silva was kind enough to sign books for students, and as you can see above, my kids immediately found a place to start reading, as he continued to sign books! Even my youngest daughter, who is not much of a fantasy fan, said the book was "creepy but REALLY good!"
For more information on Jason Silva and his soon-to-be trilogy of Edgar Trunk, check out his website: http://www.edgartrunk.com Edgar will become one of your new favorite characters!