March 15th was an exciting day in the YISS Middle School. Canadian young adult and children's fiction author Kenneth Oppel visited all three grades and shared his books, as well as his experience as a writer. He began writing at a young age and published his first book before finishing high school. He encouraged students to write - as he did - by copying and writing like the authors and writers of his favorite books and movies. After emulating his role models, he developed his own style and unique talents.
Oppel has now published over 30 books, including the Silverwing series and the award-winning Airborn series. Students had the opportunity to purchase his books and have him autograph them. Oppel said he enjoyed being with the students and thought they were a great audience.