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 2015 Festival will be held on on May 7, 2015, with featured author Alan Gratz. 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. See bottom of page for contact info and Festival details.

 Mr. Gratz is the author of The League of Seven, Samurai Shortstop, Prisoner B-3087, The Brooklyn Nine: A Novel in Nine Innings, Fantasy Baseball, and two Horatio Wilkes mysteries: Something Rotten and Something Wicked. Visit his website for more information about him: alangratz

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 book cover picture to go to our catalog for each book) and at other local public libraries, as well as at your school library.

2015 Reading and Writing Festival Books 


Cover image Samurai Shortstop -- Alan Gratz Cover image  Prisoner B-3087-- Alan Gratz
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Counting By 7s-- Holly Goldberg Sloan
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 Legend --Marie Lu
Cover image The Running Dream--Wendelin Van Draanen Cover image Trash--Andy Mulligan
Cover image The Girl Who Was Supposed To Die--April Henry    

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