Short Story for an Anthology
YA Historical Fantasy
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Teacher-Librarian, Andrew Hunter E.S.
“ That was the best author presentation I have ever had! Thank you so much. Your slideshow was excellent and the students were so engaged.
District Principal (Learning & Innovation)
“ Mahtab Narsimhan worked with primary classrooms across our school district, and she is truly a pleasure to work with. Her communication was fabulous with the students and the adults alike. She was extremely well organized, sending her material ahead of time and answering all of our questions. The students thoroughly enjoyed the sessions, and found it both playful and engaging. We held the sessions over zoom and had many classes joining in simultaneously. She was masterful in weaving in opportunities to interact throughout the session, using the ‘chat’ feature, encouraging the students to draw, share and even dance! She shared writing tips and tricks with the classes and inspired us all to express ourselves and our cultures through drawing and writing. What a treat!
“ Mahtab's virtual school visit was marvelous! The presentation was put together so thoughtfully. Even with a virtual audience of over 400 students from 20 classes, you found ways to encourage the kids to engage with you throughout. We hope to have you back for another session soon!
Kindergarten teacher, HWCDSB
“ After hearing the author speak about [Genie Meanie] and then read a bit of it to all of us, it inspired us to have a conversation about what a bully is, what they do, and how we should deal with a bully too! She presented so lovingly as well. I felt so at home with her speaking and presentation too!
“ The story and the characters in the book represent many of the students in my class. They appreciated seeing themselves reflected in a future novel study!
“ The presentation shared a realistic portrayal of the writing process. It was engaging and students were able to relate to some of the content.
Volunteer, Telling Tales
“ Mahtab’s presentations are colourful, insightful, and entertaining, all while emphasizing to her audience the importance and value of their individuality and uniqueness. Her openness to students’ questions about her writing helps demystify the process of writing, and her presentation encourages her audience to see their own lives and experiences as an important part of their own creative processes. Mahtab’s enthusiasm, empathy, and expertise shine through in her presentations, and inviting her into the classroom as an advocate for creativity and literacy is a wonderful experience to have.
Head of Library and Information Services, St. Clement’s School
“ Mahtab held the audience’s attention throughout her presentation. At the end of the presentation our students asked a lot of questions-this is always a sign of a successful author visit! Our students thoroughly enjoyed her visit, and I would recommend her without hesitation to other teacher librarians.
Teacher/Librarian, Church St. PS
“ I couldn’t have asked for a better person for an author visit. Mahtab responded promptly to all my emails, came early to prepare her presentation, and was thoroughly organized and professional throughout her whole visit. The students responded to her genuine and thoughtful remarks and were much enriched in the process. A visit from Mahtab Narsimhan would be of great benefit to any school or organization.
Children’s Collection Assistant, Oakville Public Library
“ Mahtab engaged really well with the children. Her presentation was warm and personal. She provided opportunities for the children to participate
in the writing process, encouraging them to make suggestions to help create characters and scenarios.
As well as sharing the research for her books she brought in music and talked about the atmosphere she creates around her during the writing process. After the presentation she happily signed autographs and talked to children about their own writing.
We were impressed by the ease with which she related to this age group and look forward to hosting her again.
Teacher-Librarian, Hewson P.S.
“ The students were attentive throughout the visit. They were eager to hear of the process and preparation for writing such an interesting story, and were captivated by her personal anecdotes. Mahtab also brought visuals, which further captured the students' attention. As many of our students are from South Asian decent, they were able to relate to her novel, The Third Eye, with its rural Indian setting and mythology content. All of the students were caught up in the adventure and mystery of the story. Mahtab was gracious in signing autographs and in answering the students' emails. Our students eagerly await the release of Mahtab's newest book.
Grade 6 Teacher, Anson S. Taylor Jr. P.S.
“ Ms. Narsimhan' s passion for children's literature was evident throughout her presentation. Much loved books from her childhood were displayed and discussed; and discussions surrounding her current children's favourites allowed the students to instantly relate to Ms. Narsimhan.Ms. Narsimhan didn't just speak to the students. She actively promoted participation by asking them questions regarding their personal writing experience, questions around Indian mythology, and encouraged students to relate some of their own experiences to that of the protagonist in her novel. Ms. Narsimhan's readings from The Third Eye were captivating and always left a sense of mystery and wonder for events to come.
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