On May 28, I was invited to discuss my middle grade novel – What Have You Got to Lose? – with Ms. Monzo’s fifth grade class in the Fairfax County Public Schools. What a treat for me to hear the students’ comments on the novel as well as their questions about how I came up with the characters and the storyline. I find it both exhilarating and helpful to learn from readers what characters and incidents made the biggest impression. Many thanks to these fifth graders and their teachers for inviting me into their classroom and sharing their ideas with me.