St. Johns Country Day School

Middle School Book Club Works with Author Paul Durham

Middle School Book Club Works with Author Paul Durham
Middle School Book Club Works with Author Paul Durham

The Middle School Book Club has a unique opportunity to read an author's manuscript and provide feedback to the publisher prior to the book being printed. Author Paul Durham wrote the middle grade series The Luck Uglies, which was on the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list, an ALA Notable book, and a Booklist Top Ten Books for Youth. Mr. Durham has written a new novel for middle grades, The Last Gargoyle, which will be published in January, 2018. Penguin Random House has provided St. Johns' Middle School book club with manuscripts of the book for the students to read and review prior to publication. The publisher may then use these student reviews in marketing of The Last Gargoyle!

The book club had an opportunity to Skype with Mr. Durham and learned how he came up with the idea for the book, some background on the book, and where the manuscript fits in with the writing, editing, and publishing process. He even gave the students some tips on writing mysteries for a class writing assignment!

Middle School Book Club Skypes with Author Paul Durham

Middle School Book Club members with author Paul Durham (on screen) this week.


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