When I arrived at my hotel in Naperville, Illinois, I didn't rest up for my next day's school visit. I looked up the nearest Taco Bell. I needed to try, on the day of its release, the new Doritos Locos Tacos. Yes, a taco with a Doritos shell!
Though it was freezing out (read: freeeeeeezing!), I found an address only 1.5 miles away and decided to walk there. But when I arrived...
Gold? Gold? I wanted to have my fingers orange-dusted! I didn't bring any gold!!!
Thankfully, local writing friends Cherie Colyer and Katie Sparks took pity on me and drove me (in a heated car!) to get my crunchy goodness.
The next day, I spoke at Naperville Central High School. But before I gave my presentation, I chatted with these students while chomping on donuts.
Here's my view from the stage where I gave my presentation.
I began that presentation with the two photos from the beginning of this post. I didn't want anyone else walking miles in the cold to get their delicious tacos. (What can I say? I care about teens!)
Thank you, Stacey (YA librarian!), for these shots from the audience.
One guy left his copy of Thirteen Reasons Why at home, so I signed his copy of Romeo & Juliet.
I remember when I read that book in high school. A love story that ends in suicide? Why would anyone write a book like that???