Each year, I spend one day at a public school not far from where I live in Pennsylvania, a place where the teachers have gone the extra mile (and then some) to write grants, do extra projects, etc., in order to give their students all that they can in terms of good literature and to make that experience relevant. This was my fifth consecutive year to do an author visit with their fifth grade, and all of the students had read, discussed, and debated my novel The Trial. This year, the coordinating teacher also arranged for us to visit the New Jersey State Police Museum, where the students had a personal tour with the Lindbergh case archivist who helped me when I was writing the book. We discussed the term “justice” in the phrase “justice system,” the challenges of ethnic and racial profiling, and the phenomenon of “celebrity” . . . all current issues that were also very much a part of the Lindbergh case hysteria.
It can’t be said enough: TEACHERS ROCK!