Today’s guest post is from our very own pit member Kristen who was with our Scholastic Book Clubs Kid Critics this morning for their first live taping of Al’s Book Club for Kids!
Imagine being backstage at the TODAY SHOW on NBC as producers run around frantically, the cast of the Broadway show Memphis warms up before their performance, and Matt Lauer checks for news updates in between interviews. Now, imagine being on live television in front of the entire country. For some, this might sound like a crazy way to start a Thursday morning, but for the Scholastic Book Clubs Kid Critics, it’s just another day in the life.
This morning, our very own panel of critics – Spencer Karl Otto, 11, Myles Nuzzi, 10, Sabrina Fernandez, 10, and Ava Thornton, 11 (and guest critic Josef Schmidt, 10 from Texas) – debuted on the TODAY SHOW as the new kids in Al’s Book Club for Kids. They were there to talk about Kirsten Miller’s Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, a thrilling adventure story about a girl who discovers a sinkhole where she meets the mysterious evil-fighting Kiki Strike and her group of accomplices.
After grabbing breakfast in the green room and being prepped by the producers, the critics were whisked upstairs to the studio to prepare for the live segment. Everyone was excited and a little nervous, but once they were mic’d up and ready to go, they were like pros!
They sat down with Al Roker and the author, Kirsten, to ask questions about the book and the inspiration behind it. Guest critic Josef Skyped in from Texas to ask his question as well. The critics asked some tough questions, but Kirsten managed to answer them all! She shared that her idea for the book came from a real news story about a sinkhole that opened up in New York City where an underground room was discovered. She expanded the concept and thought about what it would be like if there was an entire underground city! Just watch for yourself:
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Check out the video from the live broadcast below, and then hear the Book Clubs Kid Critics’ thoughts on being at the TODAY SHOW!
Previously On Our Minds:
* 5 Questions with Scholastic Summer Challenge Authors
* Judy Newman of Scholastic Book Clubs on Children’s Books
* 5 Questions with Dark Life’s Kat Falls