I have always been fascinated by the dedication inside of a book. To whom does the author dedicate the pages that follow? Whenever I read them, I feel like I am seeing glimpses of a whole different story and it fascinates me.
I guess because I like reading them so much, I think a long, long time about the dedications in my books. While there are many, many people to whom I owe thanks, there were two specific groups of people that really stood out to me as being critical to this book--either because they did something that had direct impact on the book, or because they had a direct impact on me.
My stage managers are miracles. In my current job, I have directed 18 plays. In each of them, a small team of 7th and 8th graders have been the stage managers. They have consistently taken one of the most daunting jobs I can imagine and performed with aplomb and efficiency. I can't say a lot more about why they are integral to this particular story, but after you read it, you will understand. And I hope they will understand just how much they mean to me. The stage managers over the last three years have had particular influence both on this series of books and on me.
As far as the Class of 2013, I have posted before about some highlights. They have been, quite simply, remarkable. Without knowing it, they actually changed the plot of this book. They also changed me in good ways. A part of me wishes I could retire after this year because I'm not sure how a year gets better than this. I can't imagine a better group of kids and I will miss them keenly when they graduate in two weeks!
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