It's funny, when I was put on the spot in front of the students to write an example, I seemed to always get writer's block! It never failed! Later, I'd wake up in the middle of the night and say, "Oh shoot! I just thought of a great example. Too bad I didn't think of that yesterday!" That's when I started looking for mentor texts. Then it hit me that I could make a mentor text that had the things teachers are looking for! This idea sat with me for a while until my idea for Keeper of the Compass: Secrets was born.