Tates Great Pony Express Adventure 2002
Children's Author Makes Final Mail Drop In Nevada
NV Whooping and hollering, just like the Pony Express riders
of 1860 would have done, Nikki Tate came racing into the playground
of Renos Hunsberger school Friday to deliver the mail on the
last stop of her trek across Nevada.
into the mochila on her pony, Breezys back, Nikki delivered
mail from students in her home province of British Columbia to students
at Hunsberger, who had written letters for her to deliver on her
return to Canada.
the past two weeks Nikki has talked to approximately 3,200 students
at 18 schools across Nevada about the historical events that inspired
her latest childrens novel, Jos Triumph (Orca Book Publishers).
Starting out at Ely near the Utah border, she rode sections of the
Pony Express trail mentioned in her book, re-living history and
collecting stories that are sure to make their way into a sequel
to Jos Triumph, a request of many of the students.
hope that by visiting the students I have managed to share some
of my enthusiasm for both reading and writing," Nikki said.
"If even one child discovers the magic of reading as a result
of my trip, it will have been worth it".
of Nikkis 11 novels are included in the Accelerated Reader
program, which is the core of many of the schools literacy
programs. She received warm receptions from the smallest, 20-student
school to her largest audience of over 500. Her Pony Express adventure
also garnered attention from the media, resulting in newspaper,
radio and television coverage.
visit to Nevada ends Saturday at the Great Basin Book Festival in
Reno where she will be involved in several activities. The only
Canadian amongst the 25 authors, she will participate in a panel
discussion about childrens literature, and will be talking
to aspiring writers in the Teen Tent.
week Nikki will be travelling the west coast of California continuing
to talk with students and appear at book signings in various locations.
Nikki Tate's Pony Express Adventure on her website at www.stablemates.net.
PONY EXPRESS 2002 SPONSORS:
Books (Victoria, BC) Clearsilver Media (Victoria, BC) Horse Council
BC (Aldergrove, BC) Leisure Time Rentals (Victoria, BC) Orca Book
Publishers (Victoria, BC) Scrapbook Parade (Victoria, BC) Sono Nis
Press (Winlaw, BC) Theatre Row Auto Sales (Victoria, BC) Karl Schutz