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PKMS Welcomes Author Thanhha Lai

On Thursday, December 5, the Peekskill Middle School English Department welcomed award-winning author Thanhha Lai, who came to speak to Grade 8 students.

Ms. Lai has written three books- "Inside Out and Back Again," as well as "Listen, Slowly," and most recently, "Butterfly Yellow." As an experienced speaker, Ms. Lai excited students with her personal stories and tales of travels from Saigon, Vietnam. Her book, "Inside Out and Back Again," was honored with many different awards, such as the National Book Award for Young People's Literature and in 2012 was the Newbery Honor recipient. After Ms. Lai's presentation, the students in the building were energized and inspired to read more of her work.

This year, the author also met with a smaller group of students to enjoy lunch and discuss her newest book, "Butterfly Yellow." The students were able to ask questions about the characters and learned what inspires Lai as a writer. This was a great opportunity for our students to continue growing their love of literature.