In 2012, a documentary crew descended upon Westside Middle School to detail the life of an average seventh grader and his classmates.
What they uncovered, though, was far from average. Mostly, it was upper average, along with moments of extreme average, highlighted by several minutes of total epicness.
This is the story.
And so begins, in a nutshell, The Classroom: The Epic Documentary of a Not-Yet-Epic Kid (Disney-Hyperion, 2012), the first in a new series for tweens by Robin Mellom. Well-illustrated by Stephen Gilpin and highly hilarious, The Classroom reveals Mellom's canny knack for crafting totally relatable, often wacky characters of the finding-their-way-through-pubescence variety.
Mellom shares how her years as a middle-school creative writing teacher shaped her writing career, how it took her ten years to find a publishing home for The Classroom, what it was like to craft a "mockumentary," and much more in my June children's market column at Authorlink.com.
Be sure to check out Mellon's website, too, at www.robinmellom.com!
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