Did you have Shay in the story to show the readers what usually happens to feral children?Reagin, what a perceptive question. That is exactly what Shay is doing in this story. Her behavior is typical of feral children. Scientists have discovered that once feral children reach adolescence it is very difficult, if not impossible, to socialize them. One of the reasons I decided to place Mila with dolphins is because dolphins have complex language and social structure and if they were to raise a feral child, I believed, from my research, that there was hope that child might more easily re-enter human society.
- “How did you get the ideas of those characters?” asked Mia of Mars, Pennsylvania after reading LETTERS FROM RIFKA.
- Andrea from Farmingdale, New York wondered if I had problems like the Faulstichs when I was young.
- “How did you get the idea for JUST JUICE?”
- “Did people actually gather cats in baskets and let them go at the right time to sneak food through the wall?” asked Leah of Hackettstown, New Jersey. “And was it a common tactic?”
- “About what do you really like to write and why?” asked Emma of Summit Middle School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
- “How long did it take you to write THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS?”
- “How old were you when you started taking writing seriously?”
- “Why did you write OUT OF THE DUST in poems?”
- “In Letters From Rifka, what inspired you to write in letter format?”
- “Would you write a sequel to LETTERS FROM RIFKA?”
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