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June 18 kick off for Richmond-based book

Summer Brenner and the West Contra Costa Unified School District in partnership with Community Works received a generous grant from the Creative Work Fund to develop and publish a youth novel that reflects the life stories of students in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond.

Richmond Tales: Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle, written by Summer Brenner and illustrated by Miguel Perez, has arrived! The novel tells the story of Mario and Maisha and their unlikely friendship. They live in present-day Richmond, but through the magic powers of Misty Horn, they travel backward and forward through time to different eras of Richmond: Native American, 1915, 1942, and 2050.

The book is directed to students age 9 to 12 and will be distributed to over 4,500+ fourth/fifth graders for summer reading. However, the story is sure to appeal to a wider audience as Mario and Maisha learn the history of Richmond, experience cultural differences, and explore the possibilities of Richmondís future.

Literature rarely reflects the local experiences of students. This work seeks to provide relevancy and strengthen our studentsí connection to the community. Undoubtedly, the story of Mario and Maisha reaffirms that the community is powerful and that studentsí potential unlimited.

We believe the relevancy of Richmond Tales will inspire students to continue reading over the summer. Low-income youth experience greater summer learning losses then their higher-income peers, particularly in reading and math (two monthís loss in reading achievement). To reinforce summer learning, an activity booklet was developed that provides activities connected to the themes found in Richmond Tales: Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle.

WHAT: Book Kick-Off Event

WHEN: Thursday, June 18, 2009

Author Reading at 3:00 pm

Reception at 3:30 pm


WHERE: Richmond Public Library Terrace

325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA



WHY: Literature rarely reflects the local experiences of our students in WCCUSD. This work seeks to provide relevancy and strengthen our studentsí connection to the community.

Run dates: 2009-06-13 - 2009-06-18
 


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