Kirk Reeve, a Buena Park author, will talk to students in several classrooms at Meadows Union Elementary School on March 12.
Christine Lowrey of Holtville, a third-grade teacher at the rural El Centro school, invited the author to visit.
Reeve began writing short stories about children during his years as an elementary school principal in Los Angeles. "Lolo and Red-Legs," his first novel, is based on a lengthy, emotion-filled conversation he had with a young man who described his boyhood years growing up on Geraghty Avenue in Las Lomitas.
The book is suggested for children ages 7 to 10.
Lowrey said Reeve has Spanish phrases interspersed throughout the book.
"It is just a lot of fun. The author said it was a labor of love," Lowrey said. "We're reading the book to the children before he gets here."
Students will have the opportunity of buying the book and having it signed by Reeve.