It took becoming a teacher and discovering how much I loved getting kids interested in reading to understand that my path was leading me to write.
“She might even be your lovely school-teacher who is reading these words to you at this very moment. Look carefully at that teacher. Perhaps she is smiling at the absurdity of such a suggestion. Don’t let that put you off. It could be part of cleverness.
I am not, of course, telling you for one second that your teacher actually is a witch. All I am saying is that she might be one. It is most unlikely. But–here comes the big “but”–not impossible.” ― Roald Dahl, The Witches
The look on my student’s faces when I read the above passage was priceless. For every afternoon that I had read the book I periodically would scratch my head–the sign of a witch. Then when I got to the above passage the kids would all start yelling “She’s been scratching her head! She really is a witch!” Even though they were at the age to know The Witches was fiction there was a part of them that desperately wanted to believe in a world with magic.
“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl
Believing in the magic of possibility is the first step towards making your dreams come true. A seed was planted for me as I read books to my students and watched their faces light up. When they showed me what they were reading and talked about the characters they had met I beamed inside. I began to think what if…WINK NEWS MYSTIC Interview
Next month I will visit two schools as an author instead of a classroom teacher… another dream come true. I will also attend the Southwest Florida Reading Festival. I hope to inspire kids to read just as I did when I taught in a classroom. This time I will read from my book and the lesson will include believing in the magic of following your dreams because they really do come true.MYSTIC
K.D. Rausin is a former teacher living in sunny Cape Coral, Florida. MYSTIC, her middle grade fantasy, and Elle & Buddy, her picture book, both feature strong female protagonists who use wheelchairs. Both books were inspired by her daughter, Arielle Rausin.
K.D. Rausin is a former teacher living in sunny Cape Coral, Florida. MYSTIC, her middle grade fantasy, and Elle & Buddy, her picture book, feature strong female protagonists who use wheelchairs. Both books were inspired by her daughter, Arielle Rausin.
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.