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Author Jacqueline Davies visits WHBI

 WHBI students and administrators posing with a mural for author Jacqueline Davies

Students presented Jacqueline Davies with a mural.


Students at WHBI enjoyed a visit from author Jacqueline Davies on Friday, November 2. Davies, author of “The Lemonade War” series, talked to students about the series and her writing process.

All students read “The Lemonade War” in the summer for Barton’s Book Club as part of the one school, one book initiative. Students took quizzes and participated in discussions about the book. Davies’ visit to WHBI was the culminating event.

“This event brought the whole school together,” said WHBI assistant principal Gwynne Cosh. “Davies’ discussion about her writing process ties in with our writers workshop sessions in the classroom.”

In Barton’s Book Club, students and school staff read the same book during a set time period. After their shared reading experience, students and staff participate in group discussions, collaborative activities and reflection exercises inspired by the assigned book. This year, in addition to the activities and discussions, students painted a mural and presented it to Davies as a gift at the event.

Davies visits 50 schools each year and has done so for 20 years. This was her first visit to Queensbury. “The students were great,” said Davies. “They were listening and interacting which is what you want in an audience.”

“It’s important for students to see a writer and have a conversation about the writing process from one writer to another,” said WHBI principal John Luthringer. “This event wasn’t just about reading the book, but how you write a story.”