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Inspiring Young Readers

Reading at a young age plays an important role in developing communication, concentration and social skills. Recently, over 60 fourth grade students at South Elementary were gifted a copy of the novel, Alone.

The books were purchased by the Brighton Education Association (BEA) in celebration of Read Across America Day. Every year, BEA promotes the importance of reading by supporting a literacy event at a 27J school. 

This year’s event included inviting the local author of the novel Alone, Megan Freeman to meet with students virtually to get them excited about reading her book. 

Alone is a novel about a twelve-year old girl named Maddie that hatches a scheme to have a secret sleepover with her friends only to end up left behind in a small Colorado town that has been mysteriously evacuated. With a Rottweiler as her only companion, she has to learn to fend for herself and deal with the crushing feeling of loneliness she faces everyday. The novel is written in verse form, which is a collection of metrical lines of poetry. 

South Elementary students were able to imagine what they would do if they were in the main character Maddie’s situation while also learning more about the author’s writing process. Freeman had them brainstorm their own survival stories and answer questions about what kind of animal they would want as a companion and what would scare or excite them if they were in a situation like the one the main character finds herself. 

During the Q&A, a student asked the author at what age she started writing. When Freeman replied that she started writing in the fourth grade, the student was surprised and inspired by her answer. 

Thank you Brighton Education Association and author Megan Freeman for making this event possible.