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Author Leads Workshops with Westorchard Students

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – After reading many of his books in class, fourth-grade students at Westorchard Elementary School received a visit from children’s author Peter Lerangis on Wednesday, who shared with them how to create adventures of their own.

“When you’re a writer, you get to think of crazy ideas,” Lerangis told the students. “Then that story comes to life, and it’s one of the most amazing things in the world.”

Before splitting into individual writing workshops, Lerangis gave the fourth-grade students a presentation titled “The Incredible True Life Story of a Writer.”

Lerangis gave accounts of his life, how he became a writer, and where he finds his inspiration. Lerangis said when he was growing up, he would often babysit and tutor younger children, and was responsible for telling many stories.

“People ask me where I get my ideas,” said Lerangis. “I say, ‘everywhere.’”

He said his obsession with superheroes, especially Superman, helped spawn his creativity with his stories. Lerangis honed his craft by creating his own comic books as early as the sixth grade.

Lerangis was popular with many of the Westorchard students before his presentation due to his books “The Viper’s Nest” and “The Sword Thief,” which are part of the best-selling “39 Clues” series.

“We just love him,” said teacher Miriam Fernandez. “He’s so funny and the kids love him, so we keep inviting him back.” Lerangis has been visiting Westorchard for several years.

Dozens of hands were raised high when Lerangis surveyed the students and asked how many would like to become professional writers. His most convincing argument seemed to be his ability to work from home in his pajamas.

Following his hour-long presentation, Lerangis remained at the school to lead three separate, 45-minute writing workshops.

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