The Emerald Academy Book Club recently read Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta, and on April 8 they had an opportunity to Skype with the author to discuss the book!
Those Who Wish Me Dead is the story of teenaged Jace, who witnesses a brutal crime and is placed in a wilderness survival program for troubled teens while the authorities race against time to find the killers. Meanwhile, the killers are tracking Jace’s every move. It’s a fast-paced thriller, a Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award nominee, and the number one book here at Ridley High School this school year!Mr. Koryta spoke about the whether he will ever revisit the characters from Those Who Wish Me Dead in a prequel, writers such as Stephen King and Dean Koontz who have influenced and inspired him, and his extensive revising process (with as many as nine drafts!). He also spoke about how he developed the Blackwell Brothers, the book’s memorably cold-blooded villains.
As always, our students came prepared with thoughtful questions and made a wonderful, attentive audience! We extend our sincere gratitude to Michael Koryta for taking the time to virtually join our Book Club!