As an awkward kid, I found escape and friends in a book series about teenagers who fight aliens by turning into animals. The series, “Animorphs”, had over 50 books, and I read every one.

Every month, my dad would take me to the local bookstore to buy the latest one. It was an event for me.

Today I got to meet the author, Katherine Applegate. I was a bit of a nerdy fanboy, but I was in awe of meeting someone who was such a big part of my childhood. She was kind, and her presentation to our students was amazing. I can’t wait to read more of her recent books.

Craig McClellan @craigmcclellan