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Newbery Award-winning author visits Boehm

Newbery Award-winning author Avi, paid a visit to the region on April 10 to speak to students at the Charles Boehm Middle School in Yardley, one of the winning schools in a creative video contest sponsored by the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools (CAPS), and the Pennsylvania State Education Association, Mideastern Region (PSEA/MER).

The author of more than 70 books for children and young adults, including Newbery Award winning “Crispin: Cross of Lead,” spoke to about 500 students in Boehm, sharing details about his life as a student, his family and his work.

He revealed that he was not good at school and decided to become an author in response to a teacher who was especially critical of his writing. He also told the students that he revises his books about 80 times and urged them to edit their work frequently.

The goal for the day was to excite students about reading and encourage them to both read and write.

CAPS and PSEA/MER are also donating a signed copy of Avi’s latest book, “The End of the World and Beyond,” to each of the 65 public middle school libraries in Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Educators were also treated to an evening workshop entitled, “Words in the Age of the Image.”

In the belief that deep reading is the most powerful conveyor of ideas, emotions and information, and the fact that today’s students are so distracted by digital devices, Avi shared his ideas and methods to keep readers turning the pages of his books.

The teachers may be able to adapt some of the same approaches to excite students about reading and learning.

PHOTO CAP: From left, Carolyn Wert, librarian; Avi; Travis Bloom, principal; David Schwind, assistant principal; and Maria Gregory, reading specialist, enjoy some time together before the student presentation at Charles Boehm Middle School.