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Neston Book Club
Neston, Cheshire

Book Club Skype with Ruta Sepetys
Book Club had the incredible opportunity to Skype with American Author Ruta Sepetys on Friday 5th May. As official Carnegie Medal shadowers, Book Club have been busy reading all of the shortlisted titles which include Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. We agreed to connect with the author at 3pm which was 9am for her in America. Students sat in the library with questions they had carefully discussed and written the week before. Mark our IT technician came to start our connection. At 3pm exactly excitement built and we were introduced to award winning author Ruta Sepetys. Firstly, the author gave us a background to her life including a degree in finance, working with the music department for a games company that worked on the Halo games and her transition to life as an author. Then, our students each had the opportunity to ask their own question. Miss Pearson said, ‘this was an incredible experience to be part of. Our students asked insightful and interesting questions but we were still not prepared for such detailed, inspiring and unexpected answers.’ Ruta discussed her inspirations for Salt to the Sea after visiting five counties and speaking to survivors of the Wilhelm Gustloff disaster. The author shared that her own Grandfather had been a refugee and after hearing these survivors say that no one would care about their story she was heartbroken. Students also found out about the inspiration behind the title, the authors advice for aspiring writers (never stop reading) and some details about what she is currently working on. Connor said, ‘meeting Ruta Sepetys was an honour, she answered my question with great enthusiasm. It was incredible’ Nyssa said, ‘the talk was amazing! She was so helpful on answering our questions and was inspirational. Also, she answered our questions in so much detail. I loved asking a real author about writing a published book!’ Charlie said. ‘It was really exciting to meet her! I was so glad she answered my question.’
Posted on: 08 May 2017