This weekend a few of my young writer friends joined me for an awesome good time as we celebrated Joshua Unruh’s TEEN Agents. If you haven’t read the book yet, you are missing out! It is a fun spy-fi filled with action and a hint of romance. This group of girls ate it up and came with books in hand to talk about their favorite parts, and join in Agent Training for a day.
We started by writing Questions for the Author. If you could ask a favorite author just one question, what would it be? Well, our girls came up with a long list! They had character questions like, “How do you pronounce Hea Joung Noone? and “Will Saturday and Nathaniel ever get together?” They wondered about some of the words used in the story, like ASAP and “cramazing”. The questions that made me really proud were about the writing process. “How do you know when to put the right kind of suspense and where?” and “How did you come up with the character names?”
Then, they filled out a Character Quiz to see which of the main characters in the story they were more like. This had them giggling and arguing with each other over the results.
Next up: Agent Training. We ran them through an obstacle course which included avoiding a water trap, testing your balance across a stony walk-way where you could only step on tiny, marked stones. And then, a race through our backyard complete with an over-friendly dog to throw them off balance as they hurried to avoid the little “traps” she had left for them along the way.
Since everyone survived training, I let them cool off in the dining room with a few treats and came back to find them reading aloud to each other their favorite parts. They were incredibly passionate about what they loved and when I saw how some of them had marked or highlighted several sections of the book, I wished fervently that all authors could see such love for their work.
Finally, our new agents were ready for their first Mission. They followed clues hidden all over our house, using their books as a guide to discover where each new clue was hidden. At last, they recovered the Top Secret, Confidential files.
Inside they found postcards that they could send to all their friends. Each card had the book title, author and where you can buy the book. Then, the girls wrote notes to their friends describing what they loved most about the book and why they think their friends will love it, too.
We talked about how to show love for our favorite authors and artists by buying their work and telling friends to do the same.
Do you have a book you love? Why not throw a book party? Invite a few friends, plan some story-related fun, and have a blast. I’m thinking I need to plan a few more. I have a little one here who would LOVE me to plan a few mysteries for her to solve with friends now that they have read the Investigator Anne books. Or maybe I’ll throw a dragons and knights fest when my son finishes Dragonfriend by Roger Eschbacher. I’m sure you can think of more fabulous book party themes. What will yours be?
Are you an independent author who would like us to throw a book party for you? I have readers of all ages here who love good books and can’t wait to share new favorites with all of their friends. Leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to share with you how we can make that happen.