Jackie St.Clair, Library Media Specialist – Gratz Brown Elementary, Moberly, Missouri
Chris Stuckenschneider’s author visit to our school was outstanding! Our students loved hearing about her book, Twist of Fate. Chris provided interesting history behind the book, shared background about the characters and brought great pictures to show. Her love of writing was evident throughout her entire presentation and it inspired others to pursue their dreams. Our students and staff were glued to every word of this amazing author.
Mindy Moats Library Media Specialist Henderson Elementary Henderson Elementary St. Charles, MO
Dear Chris, Thank you for visiting Henderson. The students and staff are still talking about it. You have inspired our students to read and write more! I know when it comes time to vote for their favorite Show Me Reader book that Twist of Fate will be #1. I would highly recommend you to any school who is looking for an author to visit. You adapted your presentation to meet the needs of each grade level. The teachers were very impressed that you asked what they were currently working on and incorporated those same thoughts into your presentation. Thanks again for visiting our school and sharing Twister’s story. We are anxiously waiting for your next book to be published.
Sharon Smith Third Grade Gifted Education Teacher Center for Creative Learning, Rockwood School District Ellisville, Missouri
Chris visited my third grade gifted classes at the Center for Creative Learning in the Rockwood School District in March 2011. During each presentation, she thoroughly engaged my students in high-level class discussions which she specifically designed to fit my unit titled Become a Published Author. As Chris spoke, she educated the children with stories of her experiences as an author, book editor and newspaper columnist. While she read her book, Twist of Fate, and shared her columns from The Washington Missourian, my students were completely focused and totally immersed in her storytelling. Her charming personality and deep knowledge inspired the children, prompting them to ask many questions—all of which Chris encouraged and fully answered. She was truly amazing, and my third graders loved her! I look forward to Chris visiting my classes again next year!
Christy Schink Children's Librarian Scenic Regional Library Union, MO
“Chris presented her book Twist of Fate at our library in May, 2009. She had a wonderful and entertaining Powerpoint presentation, showing how her childhood love of horses and books led her to writing this book. The presentation was well received by children and adults alike. Chris took the time to speak personally with everyone during the book signing. We enjoyed having her in the library and will definitely have her again.”
Jennifer Hertlein English Teacher Washington High School Washington, MO
Chris spoke to my senior level Creative Writing classes at Washington High School in September 2009. We were working on a creative non-fiction unit, and I was eager for the students to learn about the writing process from someone who lives it on a daily basis. Chris shared both her newspaper columns and Twist of Fate, and she spoke about where she gets her ideas for writing. Her message of observing the world around you as a source of ideas was inspirational for any young writer. The students enjoyed her presentation and eagerly asked questions, and I can’t wait to have her back next semester!
Gail Pruneau Teacher St. Gertrude School Washington, MO
Chris came to our school to talk to the 3rd grade. The children loved it and thought she was very interesting.They found out what it was like to be an author. She answered questions about her book,”Twist of Fate” and about coming up with writing ideas. One of the comments one of my students said is, ‘I discovered that everyone is a writer.’
Sarah Nielson Manager, Community Branches and Adult Programming St. Charles City-County Library District St. Peters, MO
Chris was a wonderful speaker at our library. The way she told Twister’s story was engaging for everyone who attended – from adults all the way down to the littlest ones. She was very funny and made everyone want to cheer for Twister and all of his friends. The story of how she became an author was very encouraging to all of our budding writers as well. We hope to have her back soon!
Patti Nantz, Crosspoint 4th Grade Teacher
Crosspoint fourth graders were ecstatic to get a visit from “Ms. Chris,” who within moments began making connections with her young audience. Students had prepared their own questions for the author, and were not shy in asking about the writing and publishing process. Chris took time to answer each one personally, and to a child, that’s HUGE!
After the young reporters had finished, Chris gave the background to her story, Twist of Fate, including pictures of the real characters, then treated us to a read aloud. With such gentleness and heart, the story came alive in our classroom and more connections were made.
The visit ended with a group photo and book signing by our new author friend, then off to lunch. Ms. Chris left, but the chatter among the classmates continued all through the day, about their visit with “a real author,” and how she “loves books like us.”