Bestselling Author Shannon Messenger Inspires Middle School Students to Never Give Up

On Tuesday, May 9, award-winning author Shannon Messenger met with Parker Middle School students to talk about her bestselling series “Keeper of the Lost Cities” and how your dreams are attainable if you decide to never give up.

“The only difference between a person who reached their goals and a person who didn’t is that the unsuccessful one gave up too soon,” said Messenger to an audience of middle schoolers.

Messenger was invited to Parker by the Middle School Library Advisory Committee to talk about her journey to become a published author. A journey that began in 2008, when Messenger decided after graduating from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts that creating movies just wasn’t for her and her true calling was to be a writer.

After 20 revisions of her first book “Keeper of the Lost Cities” and eight rejections from New York editors, each of which came with a 10-page letter detailing why her book wasn’t good enough, Messenger finally landed a three-book series deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in 2012.

Messenger brought those rejection letters to show the students and teach them to look at these types of letters not in a negative light by more as a road map to show them how they can become better.

“You’re going to get feedback from professors, coaches and peers,” said Messenger. “Never think that you are not good enough. Use that feedback to become better.”

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Francis Parker School is a private, independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12 from across San Diego County. Founded in 1912, the Lower School is located on the Mission Hills Campus with the Upper and Middle Schools on the Linda Vista Campus. Parker's mission is to inspire a diverse community of independent thinkers whose academic excellence, global perspective and strength of character prepare them to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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