Writers, especially writers who write for young people, need to meet with their readers as often as they can. I got a great chance to do this on 3/11 when I spoke with sixth, seventh and eighth graders at Chalone Peaks Middle School. They were funny, energetic and bright in a lively afternoon exchange of thoughts about my writing. I discovered that they like what I’ve said so far and want to hear more. What is a book, after all, but an extended conversation?