I was excited to join students and teachers from Greenville (SC) County Schools recently as they marked the end of their Summer Reading Camp 2017 with a visit to Biltmore. As part of the program, over 300 students received a copy of Serafina and the Black Cloak through a grant arranged by the county. Here's a photo of some of the kids, the teachers, and myself on the slope of "Diana Hill" at Biltmore Estate.
ABOUT THE SERAFINA BOOK SERIES
Young readers (8-14) and adults of all ages are loving this exciting new book series about a brave and unusual girl who prowls the grand Biltmore Estate amidst the splendor of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Published by Disney Hyperion and written by award-winning author Robert Beatty, these mystery-thrillers are #1 New York Times Best Sellers and are already being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. Book 1 in the series won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize for "representing the best in Southern literature." Kirkus Reviews awarded the second book a Starred Review, saying, "Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end." Shop Now on Amazon:
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#GatsbyParties #SummerReading2017 #SHSreads
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, tells the story of Jay Gatsby through the voice of his friend Nick Carraway. Nick, a young man who’d just moved to New York, rents a house in West Egg, a section of Long Island. Adjoining his house is the sumptuous mansion owned by a mysterious neighbour, the wealthy Jay Gatsby. One afternoon, Nick is invited to his cousin Daisy Buchanan’s, estate for dinner with her husband, Tom, and a friend, Jordan Baker. Soon after, as the summer develops, Nick is finally invited to Gatsby’s mansion for a party. There he eventually meets Gatsby and learns his true motives. After Gatsby's party Nick is asked by Gatsby to arrange a meeting with his cousin, Daisy, who was once his true love and has been desperate to rekindle that love.
Thematic Question: Is wealth more important than friendships/relationships?
School is back in session which means the Summer Reading program is officially over! But you can still check out our impressive structure the kids created this summer. Each brick represents 10 minutes read! Thanks to Children's Librarian Rachel Fecho (pictured) for making this summer's program so much fun! #williamjeaneslibrary#wjml#summerreading2017#beforeandafter