Some Kid

November 6, 1999

Post #976 – 19991106

Mr. Pinkwater,

I’m in 7th grade and I’m going to do a book report on The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death (easily my favorite of your books that I have read). I’ve listened to some of your commentaries on NPR (where I want to work when I grow up). I LOVE your books(I’ve read 5 Novels more than 7 times). Anyway, I wanted to ask you a few questions about the book:

1) What “inspired” you to write The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death?
2)Is this book based on any real events?
3)Are any of the characters based on real people?
4)How long did it take you to write the book?
5)When you were a kid, did you ever “Snarkout”?

I know that the project is coming up but my English teacher hasn’t exactly assigned it yet.

P.S. Thanks for warning me about avocadoes!

Daniel replies:

If you're in 7th grade you can work at NPR now. They will probably make you a producer on ATC. Here are the answers to your questions:

1) I don't know.
2) yes
3) Yes
4) About a month
5) Maybe

P.S. You can eat avocados, if you're not a parrot.