Reading And Writing Festival

Sponsored by the Six District Educational Compact, the Festival takes place at Kent State University in May every year. The 2014 Festival will be held on on May 8, 2014, with featured author Gabrielle Zevin. 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.

Ms. Zevin is the author of Elsewhere, Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, All These Things I've Done, and two sequels to All These Things I've Done. Visit her website for more information about her: Gabrielle Zevin

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

2013 Reading and Writing Festival Books 


Cover image Elsewhere -- Gabrielle Zevin Cover image Outlaw -- Stephen Davies
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Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac -- Gabrielle Zevin
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 The Silence of Murder - Dandi Daley Mackall
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Bruiser -- Neal Shusterman 
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 Between Shades of Gray -- Ruta Sepetys

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 $15 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