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Friday, June 14, 2013

Clicks from the Hold Fast Train

I began speaking and traveling, talking about Hold Fast, in January of 2013.  Events were added to events as the months rolled on.   By June, the Hold Fast train -- as everyone at Scholastic began to call it -- had chugged into over seventeen cities;  I'd been from Chicago to Houston, Dallas, Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Nashville and a number of cities closer to home, like Naperville and Woodstock and Kankakee and North Utica.

This blur of planes, cars and hotels came together into an amazing experience, as I was able to see Hold Fast welcomed by thousands of kids of many backgrounds and ages, libraries, social service agencies, urban planners, teachers, and teachers of teachers.  I'd never expected such a wild reception for this unusual story.  Hold Fast even hit the New York Times bestseller list in May.

Here are some clicks:

A cake in Houston

Wonderful St. Louis

Hold Fast meets Chasing Vermeer tattoos, New York.

Sizzling day at LA Times Festival of Books

Colorful Palo Alto, California

Closing Keynote, American Planning Association
National Planning Conference, Chicago

Room full of urban and regional planners

Django is not pleased that I'm on the road

"Don't you dare pick up this pen!" 

Visiting Hicklebee's Books, San Jose

Signing books at Hicklebee's . . .

and then the wall

Hold Fast and I have had a winter and spring to remember.


Blogger LRatkey said...

Loved "Hold Fast." Plan on using it with the 5th graders this year! What an excellent way for words to hold such meaning for them! WHen I get the lesson plans completed (HA!), will send them on to the website...Thanks for the new material..Your friend from St. Pius in Indy, Lynn Ratkey

August 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I love your books! I convinced my school media specialist to add all of your books to our collection! Thank you!

December 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, big fan. Come to Colorado if you can? Preferably Littleton, CO

February 6, 2014 at 7:42 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Just finished reading Hold Fast. Can't wait to share it with my 4th graders next fall!

May 26, 2014 at 6:51 PM  

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