Reading And Writing Festival

Sponsored by the Six District Educational Compact, the Festival takes place at Kent State University in May every year for 7th and 8th grade students from local schools. The 2019 Festival will be held on Tuesday May 7, 2019, with featured author Natalie D. Richards. Students will get to meet the guest author and participate in sessions involving book cover art, drama, poetry, and various writing contests, all pertaining to the Festival Books. Students also have the opportunity to meet and interact with professional storyteller and author Kevin Cordi, and bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, who each lead workshop sessions during the Festival. See bottom of page for contact info and Festival details.

Ms. Richards is the author of five thriller books for teens: We All Fall Down, Gone Too Far, One Was Lost, My Secret to Tell, and Six Months Later. Her sixth book, What We Hide, is being released on Dec. 4, 2018. Visit her website for more information about her books and her life as a writer: The most up-to-date information can be found on Facebook, Instagram (@natdrichards ) and Twitter (@natdrichards)

Learn more about the Festival book authors by clicking on their names below. All of the Festival books are available at the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (click on a book cover picture to go to our catalog for each book) and at other local public libraries, as well as at your school library.

2019 Reading and Writing Festival Books 


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One Was Lost by Natalie D. Richards

Cover image Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards


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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt

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Dear Martin by Nic Stone

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Refugee by Alan Gratz

Cover image   The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima




The Festival is also open to any adult (parent, librarian, educator or community member) who wishes to celebrate the importance of reading and writing to the quality of life. Donations are welcome and checks should be made payable to Hudson City Schools, 2386 Hudson-Aurora Rd, Hudson, OH 44236

The fee to attend the festival is $12 per student in a Six District Compact school and $17 per student from a non-Compact school.

Here's what students have said about previous Festivals:

  • "It was so much fun--I made new friends."
  • "It was very cool being able to meet the author."
  • "I liked the whole atmosphere of being at the college and mingling with other students."
  • "It was fun acting out the stories."
  • "The entire experience was perfect!"
  • "It's great fun and exciting!"
  • "It was fun working with people from other schools."
  • "I enjoyed the Festival greatly and plan to return next year!"

For more information on the Festival, contact the Festival Director, Mary Jane Stanchina, at the Six District Compact: (330) 655-2247. For questions concerning this webpage, contact Stow-Munroe Falls Teen Librarian Christina Getrost at (330) 688-3295 ext. 4 or via email: teenlibrarian AT