Mr. Savage inspired the students with stories of individuals who turned their differences into their magic. Michaela du Prince, Louis Braille, and Anthony Robles were the real-world examples he used to illustrate that a person can't let obstacles stand in the way of achieving one's dreams.
Mr. Savage is the author of the Farworld middle grade fantasy series and the Case File 13 middle grade monster series. "He has been writing and publishing books for over ten years. He has visited over 400 elementary schools, dozens of writers conferences, and taught many writing classes. He has four children and lives with his wife Jennifer and their Border Collie, Pepper in a windy valley of the Rocky Mountains." (amazon.com)
After introducing his books and talking about his childhood - he described himself as a kid whose daydreaming became his magic. He discovered a talent for telling really weird and different stories about characters such as Capt. Weenie. This talent grew through effort and determination. Now he writes books for kids and teaches writing classes. To cap off his visit, he showed the students how to come up with an amazing story idea in 5 minutes using 4 elements: a protagonist (here), a goal, obstacles, and consequences. Then he led the students to create a story about Sophia, the Girl Who Saved St. Matthew School from a Band of Flesh-Eating Zombies! The students interactively helped build the story using obstacles such as a 100 foot school speaker. After using a feather to tickle her way out of the the stomach of a dragon made of cheese and luring Cowly Cyrus away from the school using a trail of cheese puffs, Sophia achieves success in saving the school and received a pink Lamborghini (along with a driver's license) and a parade to celebrate the victory.
He graciously ended his visit with a question and answer time.
Mr. Savage will be at Barnes & Noble tonight (Friday, March 28) from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. You can purchase his books and receive a signed poster (no purchase necessary).
We can't thank him enough for his generous gift of time to speak to our students!