For the past three years, Peggy O'Leary's seventh grade
English students have been studying a book called "Abarat" by Clive
Barker. Barker is a prolific English author who is better known for writing
adult horror and fantasy.
-- (Author 1 "When I first ...
how its done.")
efforts to research the book turned up unexpected results.
-- (Author 2 "When I first
...his cheering section.")
Last week, O'Leary's students
got to visit with Barker via live videoconference. The author, who was born and
raised in Liverpool, currently lives in Los
Angeles. His recent throat surgery made it a strain to
talk and be heard, but Barker talked to the students for an hour, answering
questions and sharing some of the secrets about what's to come in the Abarat
-- (Author 3 "Uh, so, I am ...
O'leary said that the connection
with Barker has become important both to the author and to the class.
-- (Author 4 "I don't think ...
So far, two Abarat books have
been published. Book three is almost written and a fourth one will follow that.
O'Leary's English students will be among some of the first to see Book three.
-- (Author 5 "Did everybody
have ...YEAH bye bye!")
And that was Barker speaking by videoconference to O'Leary's 7th
grade English class at Kodiak
Middle School .