How often do students get to speak with the authors of books or literature they are asked to read for class. For Mr. Carroll's AP United States History II class, they were given that opportunity. After reading the book "Silence on the Mountain", Mr. Carroll contacted the author Mr. Daniel Wilkinson who agreed to speak with the students through Google Hangouts, which is a video-conferencing tool. Students were prepared with various questions they had prepared in advance. Mr. Carroll provided his students with an authentic learning experience.