NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Peter Lerangis fascinated New Rochelle student Ciara Croker and other Davis Elementary third- through fifth-graders Wednesday at an author’s week event.
“It’s really cool,” said Croker. “There’s a real author that we got to meet. We got to learn more stuff about him,” she said.
Lerangis visited the school on the PTA sponsored event’s second day following author Helen Lester’s visit with kindergarteners through second-graders on Tuesday.
Lester published her first children's book in 1979 and is the author of the "Tacky the Penguin" series, and "Hooway for Wodney Wat."
Lerangis has written more than 160 books, which have sold nearly five million copies, and been translated into 27 languages. Lerangis has also written "The Sword Thief," and "The Viper’s Nest," part of the "39 Clues" series.
School staff teach students about the authors and their books before their visit. PTA members, and school library staff then collaborate to put on the event. A luncheon is also held, which gives students a chance to get to know the author more.
Jamie Deutsch, a Davis PTA member, and event organizer said the students show they are interested in the author and want to learn.
“The kids’ are really completely engaged,” she said.
Lerangis said the experience of meeting with students who read his books is worthwhile.
“It’s absolutely exhilarating,” he said.