The author of "Discovering Pig Magic" visits NEMS (Pics)
Friday, October 09, 2009 9:00 AM


Julie Crabtree, author of the book Discovering Pig Magic, always enjoyed writing but didn’t think she could make a job out of it.  However, she decided to take a risk, quit her job, and sell articles to different magazines.  

Although she enjoyed writing for magazine’s, Crabtree’s big dream was to write a book, and she worked on her first book (her “baby”) for 18 months. When she tried to get it published, she received rejection letter after rejection letter.  Not able to take the rejection she stopped writing for a few years -- until she realized how much she missed it. Then she wrote another book, “Discovering Pig Magic” which was not only published but also won the 2008 Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature.

The Northeast AVID students listened intently as Crabtree told of her personal journey of self-discovery through trials and tribulations.  She encouraged the students to believe in their talents, to follow their dreams, to work hard, and to persevere even when things are difficult.

During her presentation, Crabtree included a writing exercise, paring the students up with a picture.  Taking turns, the students wrote a story with one student beginning the story and the other finishing it.  By the sound of the chatter the students seemed to really enjoy it.

When asked what she found the most interesting about middle school students Crabtree said, with a twinkle in her eye, “Middle school students seem to get a bad rap. However, I have found that students make me feel welcomed.  They really are nice people.”