Students at Jamestown Elementary School had the opportunity meet and visit with author Lisa McMann. McMann writes books mostly for young adults, and came to Jamestown Elementary to speak to fourth and fifth grade students about her book “The Trap Door.”
“The Trap Door” is a part of “The Infinity Ring” series of books, created by author James Dashner. The series follows a group of children who get involved in time travel, and travel to the past to help fix broken history.
In “The Trap Door,” McMann sends the children traveling back to the time of the Underground Railroad. McMann explained that as a child she read a biography about Harriet Tubman, and the story always stuck with her, thus exploring that era in the book.
McMann also shared one of her original stories she wrote in the fourth grade.
Nancy Gravemann, Jamestown Elementary librarian, worked with Main Street Books in St. Charles to help bring McMann to speak with the students. Gravemann said she and the students enjoyed the visit and the time McMann took to explain how to make an idea come alive through writing.
“I really enjoyed how McMann emphasized the idea of writing, editing and rewriting to make your idea come alive and be your best,” said Gravemann. “She did a great job of explaining that writing a book can take time. When the students asked her how long it takes her to write one story, she told them sometimes it takes her more than 10 drafts and over a year just to write one book.”
McMann took time to visit individually with students and autograph books after the presentation.
McMann’s book “The Unwanteds” is on the 2013-2014 Missouri Mark Twain Nominee list.