The experience was informative and enjoyable for all those involved. We learned that Mrs Coates lives in a small college town in Canada. Her local newspaper asked her to set up an interview in order to write an article about a Lost Boy from Sudan who was now attending the college. We learned that by the end of the interview, both Mrs. Coates and Jacob Den were in tears, and that this interview was the inspiration for her novel.
I especially love a quote form Mrs. Coates' thank you for our visit; she wrote, "The traveling potential of books was something I hadn't thought of before being published." Thank you Jan Coates for your time and inspiration!