This April, we were fortunate to have author David Patneaude visit the school for two days. The first day, he worked with Gretchen Davis’ 7th grade English classes, teaching them about writing and answering their multitude of questions about his books, particularly Epitaph Road, which they had all read. Epitaph Road posits a future in which a plague has wiped out 97% of the male population of the Earth. Are things better or worse without them? For Kellen, one of the only boys on Earth, that question looms ever larger.
On day two, he gave a presentation to the entire Middle School, talking about some of his books and about his writing process. The students really enjoyed the assembly, and Mr. Patneaude was impressed with the courtesy and intellectual curiosity of Overlake students. No surprise to us!
Mr. Patneaude kindly made himself available after the assembly to sign books in the Campus Center. New books to purchase on student accounts were provided by the University Bookstore in Bellevue, though many students brought their own copies. The line for signing was out the door, a sure mark of a successful visit!