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I received a call from a man who has self-published a novel for young people
called *Montana Stu*.  He sent a copy of the book, and really wants to do a
reading/signing/book sale at my school.  I read the first 65 pages of the
novel... I don't love it, and probably won't finish it.  I'm sort of
dreading the phone call that I know will come soon, asking me about my
impressions of the book  and the possibility of having him come to the
school. Have any of you library geniuses found yourself in a similiar
predicament?   Should I pay him for his advance copy?  I don't know the
proper etiquette for this situation.
I should add that our school has never had a visiting author, because of
budget woes.  He wants to speak for free to sell his books.  But I don't
feel great about my students potentially spending their limited funds buying
a book that is substandard, either.
I welcome your thoughts on this matter.  Thanks in advance, Oh wise ones.
Michele Nokleby
Hawthorne Elementary School Librarian
Missoula, MT

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