Students from Elk Island Public Schools are being treated to a day of reading and storytelling with the help of four special guests.
From October 2 to 4, award-winning Canadian authors Sigmund Brouwer, Natasha Deen, Shane Peacock and Eric Walters will be speaking with hundreds of EIPS students in grades 4 through 12 to discuss the importance of literacy and inspire a love for reading.
“There’s a tendency to think reading is old-fashioned or boring,” said Janice Sundar, secondary literacy consultant at EIPS. “The author tours help to quash that myth by getting students to dig into a story and learn what goes into creating one. In doing so, students come away both engaged and excited about reading.”
Deen is one of the authors of the Retribution series, a collection of five high-interest novels with interconnected stories and characters tackling topics such as truth, justice and survival.
Brouwer, Peacock and Walters are three of the authors involved in The Seven Series, a collection of seven interweaving novels each written by seven different authors. Since its release in 2012, the series has become a mainstay in classrooms nationwide.
“Our goal is to show learners how much fun it is to discover new stories by reading,” said Brouwer. “Who doesn’t love a great adventure?”
Each author will use storytelling to emphasize the importance of reading and writing in a way that motivates even reluctant readers to reach for a book.

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