Last November 17, 2016, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, the GS and HS Learning Resource Centers and English departments held a Meet the Author event at the Multi-Purpose Center (MPC), featuring none other than Young Adult (YA) fiction writer, Peter Lerangis.
Peter Lerangis is the author of more than one hundred and sixty books, which have sold more than five and a half million copies worldwide, translated into thirty-three different languages. These include the first four books in the New York Times bestselling Seven Wonders series: The Colossus Rises, Lost in Babylon, The Tomb of Shadows, and The Curse of the King. He is also a co-author of the famous 39 Clues franchise. He wrote book number 3, The Sword Thief, which was Amazon.com’s 5th best selling children’s book of 2009, and book number 7, The Viper’s Nest, voted number 3 in the 2010 Goodreads Choice awards for Middle Grade and Children’s books.
The event was hosted by Zander Sy (7A), the G7 batch rep, who was very excited to do the role as he is a big fan of the author. After the prayer, led by Tim Sabien Cheng (6A Bro. Richie Fernando), Peter was introduced, and his magical talk began.
The G6 and G7 students were certainly enthralled by Peter’s enthusiastic and animated talk. Peter talked about his beginnings as a writer and how he came to author many famous and well-loved YA fiction novels. It was by no means a boring narration of his biography. He proved that he is as much a true storyteller in real life as he is in his written works. Every part of his talk seemed like the turning of a live page of a book, and he had everyone eager to know what would happen next. His realistic advice about failing as an actual step (several steps, actually) in becoming a writer was something that really made the students think.
The next part was a quick question and answer segment where students excitedly asked their questions. Inquiries ranged from “Where do you live in the Philippines?” to “How long does it take to finish writing a book?” and “What inspires you to write?” The students really wanted to know more about this author who had truly captivated them.
The last part of the event was a book signing for the students and teachers. Peter patiently signed every single book piled up in front of him, ensuring that he would be able to write down the name of the owner of each book before signing.
The Xavier School community gives a big THANK YOU to Peter Lerangis for gracing us with his lively presence. This event was made possible by Ms. Maureen Alexandra Ramos Padilla of National Bookstore.