— Young adult novelist and fiction writer Kevin Waltman recently spent the day at the Jenkins Middle High School library. He is the author of the popular basketball fiction series which includes four titles, “Next”, “Slump”, “Pull” and “Quicks”. His first novel, “Nowhere Fast” was published in 2002 and his second, “Learning the Game”, in 2005. Waltman grew up in a basketball family; his father was an assistant coach to Bobby Knight in Indiana. Waltman teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama. During his visit at JMHS, Waltman spoke with the middle and high school classes and conducted a writing workshop with sophomore writing classes. The author’s visit was funded by GEAR UP.