Twelve year old William Root and his sponsor, Denton Public Librarian WyLaina Hildreth, attended the Texas Teens For Libraries (TT4L) Day April 2, 2009 at the Texas Library Association Annual Conference, held this year in Houston, Texas.
William presented a Book Talk on the Lost Years of Merlin. Only 30 teens were selected to present two-minute book talks out of the more than 300 teens attending TT4L day. Here is William’s talk:
My name is William Root and I am from Denton ISD. This is my Book Talk about The Lost Years of Merlin series by T. A. Barron.
“The seven songs of wizardry, one melody and many, may guide ye to the Otherworld though hope ye have not any.” I picked this quote from T. A. Barron because he often uses poetry. I also liked the book because I wanted to learn about Merlin before he became a wizard. I adore fiction associated with myths and legends, such as the Lost Years of Merlin.
When Merlin was young what did we know about him? We know that his father was a demon because of common folklore. But Merlin did not know anything about his past. What will Merlin do when he finds out about his past and his father? Find out in the Lost Years of Merlin series.
William and WyLaina attended a presentation on “Writing what you don’t know” by Jeanne DuPrau, author of City of Ember. William met Scott Westerfeld and Westerfeld’s wife, author Justine Larbelestier. In the afternoon, William explored the exhibit hall, where his mom, Alexey Root, was signing her books in the Libraries Unlimited booth.
Since Teen Day was such a success, check the Texas Library Association Web site for how to participate next year, when the conference moves to San Antonio.