Have you ever wondered, “What if? “
What if the school bully got a second chance after suffering from amnesia, like in “Restart”? What if your phone had the ghost spirit of a boy from 1596, like in “What’s His Face”? What if you found out that everything was a lie in your life and you were part of a giant experiment, like in “Masterminds”? You got the idea!
This question was the main inspiration for author Gordon Korman, who recently visited Field School via Zoom where he was welcomed as the Ben Sandalls 2020-21 Memorial Lecturer. This prolific author has written 97 books, including “Ungifted”, “Swindle Mysteries”, “The Hypnotists” and “39 Clues”, among others.
Korman spoke to fourth and fifth graders with captivating and humorous accounts of how he wrote his first book in seventh when he sent an unsolicited manuscript to Scholastic Books, and they have it. actually published! He pointed out how ideas are all around us, if we pay attention by observing and then researching.
Students asked great questions, and a recent school-wide survey found “Unplugged” to be the most borrowed book in its library!
This is the 34th year of the Ben Sandalls Memorial Lecture Series, sponsored by the Sandalls family in honor of Ben, a former Weston student who loved to read. The series runs through the school system every year and we appreciate this unique enrichment opportunity for our students.
We also thank the WEEFC (Weston Education Enrichment Fund Committee), faculty and staff at PTO Creative Arts and Field School for making this possible this year.