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Meeting a Best Selling Author

Wendy Mills
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On March 15, 2018, Wendy Mills was invited to Lake Gibson High School to talk about her award-winning book, “All We Have Left.” Evelyn Garrett, a student here at Lake Gibson, painted a welcome poster for Wendy’s book and based it off the cover, to make her feel more welcomed and also to make it a special day.

The library was decorated with the colors purple and blue in honor of the cover of her book. Cookies and donuts were served for those who attended the event. Before school, the teachers held a meet and greet with Ms. Mills.

Wendy Mills writes for two audiences, teens and adults. She started writing at the age of 12 after her teacher gave her a creative writing assignment and told her to let her mind be free. She hasn’t stopped writing since. Mills has only published a total of six books but all are well-known around the country. For example, her book “All We Have Left” is an Amazon Best Book of Year, A Kirkus Best Book of the Year, A Nerdy Book Club YA Fiction Award Winner, A YALSA-ALA Teens’ Top Ten Nominee, A Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young people, A Bank Street Children’s Books Best Book of the Year, A Florida Teen Reads Nominee, and A Florida Book Award.

Lindsey Persohn, a senior coordinator for the Polk County Schools, invited Ms. Mills to talk about her award-winning book. The district thought it would be a good idea to get an author into high schools, to give students an opportunity to connect with an author.

Mrs. Sanders, the librarian here at Lake Gibson, mentioned, “I thought Wendy’s presentation was enlightening, especially for the students who were too young to remember the devastating events that unfolded that September morning. Comments were later made to Mrs. Sanders saying “It helped me get a better visual of what really happened on September 11, 2001.”

Wendy Mills handed out approximately 15 copies of her number one best-selling book to students. Ms. Jennifer Kindle and Mr. Bon Delong were the two lucky teachers who won a copy of her worldly known book. She signed every single book and talked with all the winners.

Students were excited after meeting a famous author who wrote an award-winning book.