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Author Visit with Jeff Giles!

On Friday, February 3, Ridley High School was privileged to welcome Jeff Giles for a presentation in the Board Room! A longtime writer for Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone, he has just released a debut young adult novel: The Edge of Everything. The novel has received rave reviews from Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, bestselling authors James Dashner and Melissa de la Cruz, and Ms. Pickett! Jeff Giles shared stories from his days in entertainment journalism, discussed how he found time to write a novel while working full-time, and talked about incorporating facts to make his fiction more realistic. For example, he studied “snow ghosts” in Montana and tried his hand at caving so these elements would be more believable within the pages of his novel. He also spoke about the importance of working closely with an editor in order to turn a good draft into a great book.

Over 150 students attended this special event and, as always, they were a wonderful audience. They impressed our guest of honor with thoughtful, insightful questions about his writing process. Thank you so much to Jeff Giles for making Ridley High School a stop on his book tour! And as always, THANK YOU to Children’s Book World in Haverford for making this event possible!

The Edge of Everything is now available in the library; you can also sample the first few chapters here.

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Author Jeff Giles to visit Ridley High School!

Ridley High School is privileged and  excited to welcome author Jeff Giles on Friday, February 3rd! Giles, a long-time writer for Entertainment Weekly, has just released his debut young adult novel, The Edge of Everything. To say that it’s receiving strong reviews is an understatement! James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner, says “Every human alive should read this book.” And Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson raves, “The story of Zoe and her fight to save her family and the strange young man known only as ‘X’ will stay with you long after you finish this extraordinary book.” We are thrilled to host Jeff on his first official book tour! And as always, THANK YOU to Children’s Book World in Haverford for making this event possible!

Sample the first few chapters of The Edge of Everything here. And stay tuned to this blog for a recap of this upcoming event!


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March 3 Author Event with Tiffany Schmidt!

On March 3, young adult author Tiffany Schmidt stopped by Ridley High School for a presentation in the Board Room. Tiffany is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before SunriseHold Me Like a Breath, and the upcoming Break Me Like a Promise. Students from Creative Writing, Art, and the Emerald Academy Book Club gathered to hear Tiffany speak about her transition from middle school teacher to full-time writer, how her students have inspired her, and her writing routine. She told students, “There is value in the things you value and enjoy, whether it’s writing, music, or science. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!” She also talked about how she fills her “creative well” by going outside and getting moving whenever she gets stuck in her writing. Hiking, swimming, fresh air, and sunshine always inspire her! Tiffany’s genuine nature and sweet personality engaged our students, and she was very impressed with their thoughtful questions. Special thanks to Children’s Book World in Haverford for making this event possible!


Ms. Pickett with 9th grader Amy, who is reading Bright Before Sunrise.

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Spinning Headlines Into a Top-Notch YA Novel!

Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely stopped by Ridley High School on Tuesday, October 6, to talk about their brand new novel, All American Boys. AllAmericanBoysStudents from College Prep, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Drama, Journalism, and World History classes packed the Board Room to capacity! Our students were an attentive audience as the authors spoke about their very different experiences with law enforcement during their teen years, how the death of Michael Brown and other recent headlines inspired All American Boys, and how their co-writing collaboration came about. Jason and Brendan were especially impressed with our students’ thoughtful, insightful questions.10_06_15_JRBK110_06_15_JRBK3All American Boys has been getting rave reviews, with School Library Journal noting that “this novel promises to have an impact long after the pages stop turning.” I can’t wait to hear what Ridley students think of the book! Many, many thanks to Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA, for making this author event possible!

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A.S. King at Ridley High School!

The Ridley High School Library partnered with Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA, to host a visit with award-winning author A.S. King on March 26, 2015! Through a grant, Children’s Book World generously provided a copy of Ms. King’s popular book, Everybody Sees the Ants, to each of our 200 lucky student attendees!


Ms. King spoke about her writing, overcoming bullying, and how teens can develop a more positive self-image. As always, our students made a wonderful and attentive audience. It was a truly memorable presentation, and we feel so fortunate to have hosted this event!

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Ellen Hopkins visits Ridley High School!

On October 20th, New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins came to Ridley High School! Ten teachers brought a total of 250 students to the auditorium to hear Ms. Hopkins speak about her writing career and how her daughter’s experiences with addiction inspired her first and best-loved book, CRANK. She also discussed writing RUMBLE, her brand new novel. The audience was really moved by these glimpses into the author’s life, especially her stories of how her family has been affected by “Kristina’s” addiction to crystal meth. Many students purchased books and had them signed by the author after her talk wrapped up. Teacher comments included: “It was amazing – thanks for having us” …. “[My students] were thrilled to have their book signed by the author!” … and “It was super!” Special thanks to Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA, for making this event possible.IMG_1386 IMG_1390 IMG_1401

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Author Visit with Elizabeth Wein!

On Friday, September 20, Ridley High School hosted an event with Elizabeth Wein, award-winning author of Code Name Verity (2012) and Rose Under Fire (2013).

ImageStudents from the Emerald Academy, the 9th Grade Team, and Mrs. Boyce’s 5th Block Senior English class packed the Board Room to capacity. Ms. Wein talked about how she knew she wanted to be a writer from a very young age, showing the audience a picture of herself at age seven, using a typewriter to create a story. She displayed Code Name Verity‘s American, British, and Canadian book covers and asked students to share their reactions to the different cover images. Ms. Wein also spoke about how she became inspired to write about pilots, spies, and best friends serving together in World War II. She encouraged any aspiring authors to write about topics that they are passionate about, to work with a writing partner to stay motivated, and to explore writing in many different genres. As always, our students made an excellent, attentive audience and they contributed many thoughtful questions to the Q&A portion of the event. Mrs. Wein said in a Tweet to Ridley High School, “You were all wonderful! Loved every minute!” Special thanks to Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA, for making this event possible.