The third grade students of RYNJ welcomed Adriana Brad Schanen, author of “Quinny and Hooper.” She gave an exciting presentation during which she showed pictures of her childhood, as she moved to the United States from Romania. Her descriptions of what it felt like to win ice-skating competitions enthralled the students. Ms. Schanen spoke about using personal history for “story sparks” in writing. The children enjoyed hearing the backstory of the lovable characters in her book. Afterwards, the children had the opportunity to ask Ms. Schanen their questions.