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Doug Wilhelm is a full-time writer and an independent publisher in Weybridge, Vemont. His newest book is the novel STREET OF STORYTELLERS (Rootstock, 2019). His 15 previous novels for young adults include THE REVEALERS (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003), which has been the focus of reading-and-discussion projects in well over 1,000 middle schools.

I really really need a Random PA Message!

Okay, I really need your help for True Shoes — and I need it soon! To help me come up with a final, funny detail to put in my book, I want to know about weird and comical PA announcements that you've heard at your school. 

In Parkland Middle School in my story, as Russell puts it, "Random PA announcements erupted all the time." For example, he and Catalina are having an heated discussion when suddenly the PA crackles and says, “Please excuse the interruption. The cookie dough is here. Thank you." I have two of these random PA announcements in the story — and I need a third. But the trouble is, I don't have any good ideas for a third one.

If you're in middle school, you may hear these kind of comically blurted-out announcements fairly often. What have you heard, that you thought was especially random, weird or funny?

I really need your suggestions! This is the week that the text of True Shoes gets finalized; on Friday, it goes to the page designer. Please use the Comment feature to tell me about a random PA announcement you've heard at your school. Be specific — what was actually said?

Will you help? I hope so!


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