New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans returned to MVS for a middle school discussion about his second novel, Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen. Evans first visited MVS last August on the heels of a middle school advance read of his first book in the series, Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25.
Evans shared his inspiration and writing process for the second novel and emphasized that first-hand experience is crucial when providing an accurate setting description. Prior to meeting with the entire middle school, Evans led a writing workshop for eighth-grade students focusing on character development. “Learning directly from a professional who is working in the field provides our students with a unique first-hand experience,” said middle school English teacher Laura Orlowski. “They are able to see how the concepts that they’re learning about in the classroom are being successfully utilized by a true master-craftsman.”
Michael Vey, the series’ primary protagonist, has special powers that distinguish him from other kids his age. One of the main themes of the book revolves around personal character and decisions about whether to use special powers for good or bad.
Evans answered questions at the end of his talk. “It is a rare opportunity for middle school students to talk candidly with a bestselling author,” said middle school teacher Carly Carey, “but that is the kind of exceptional learning opportunity that MVS provides.”
Evans left students a question to ponder: “What will you do with your superpower?”