Advice from young readers

One of the best parts of writing a book is being written to about that book. Back when school was in session, I video conferenced ISNA Elementary School in Mississauga, Ontario. This is what it looked like:

You can see the students in their desks, the teacher at the front of the class, and me, on the screen holding up SALAD PIE like a trophy. Thank you, Suhaan, for the picture.

You can see the students in their desks, the teacher at the front of the class, and me, on the screen holding up SALAD PIE like a trophy. Thank you, Suhaan, for the picture.

Some students illustrated their favourite part of the story. 

The slide scene made a big impression. Thank you, Tarek for your picture.

The slide scene made a big impression. Thank you, Tarek for your picture.

I also received a fair bit of advice about the book from several of the students.

Tariq, that's my favourite part too. I do think playing inside a house would be safer, so I'll take that into consideration for the next book.

Tariq, that's my favourite part too. I do think playing inside a house would be safer, so I'll take that into consideration for the next book.

Zoya, did you know I grew up on a farm? So I like that setting idea very much.

Zoya, did you know I grew up on a farm? So I like that setting idea very much.

Great advice about friendship, Ali. Even if your friends are annoying...who do you think was annoying, Maggie or Herbert? Hmm...I know the answer might be different, depending on your perspective. Of course, no one could be annoying if there were cake involved.

Great advice about friendship, Ali. Even if your friends are annoying...who do you think was annoying, Maggie or Herbert? Hmm...I know the answer might be different, depending on your perspective. Of course, no one could be annoying if there were cake involved.

Finally, I received a few new cover options.

Illustrated by Haadiyah

Illustrated by Haadiyah

Haaziq's Salad Pie

Haaziq's Salad Pie

Sabina's illustration of Maggie and Herbert together.

Sabina's illustration of Maggie and Herbert together.

Thank you all for your letters and pictures. They made my day!