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Thursday, September 2, 2010

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Literacy League Announces Fall Book Selections

~ Florida authors to share personal glimpses of their books with students throughout the state ~

TALLAHASSSEE – The Florida Department of Education’s Literacy League book club is proud to announce the participation of famed authors Edward Bloor and Adrian Fogelin in this quarter’s reading activities. Bloor’s Taken, and Fogelin’s Crossing Jordan, will serve as the next selections in the popular interactive book club that uses direct interaction with authors to promote a more active engagement in reading among Florida’s middle school students.

“The benefits of technology continue to play out in the learning process, giving our students access to information and resources that would have been difficult to provide in the past,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “The Literacy League book club takes prime advantage of these benefits by providing our students with a window into the minds of our best and brightest authors, giving them unique insight into some fantastic stories.”

The Department launched the Literacy League in the spring of 2010 for students in grades six through eight as a way to encourage and sustain reading throughout a child’s educational process. Each quarter, a book is selected and students are then able to submit questions via e-mail or video for the authors to answer through a recorded podcast. Students interested in submitting their questions for Taken, should send them to by Oct. 1. Questions for Crossing Jordan are due by Nov. 3.

Edward Bloor is the author of five award-winning novels including the million-selling Tangerine, one of three novels he has set in Florida. His latest novel, Taken, earned a spot on the 2010-2011 Sunshine State Young Readers Award list and is the winner of the Florida Book Award Silver Medal. Bloor is a former Florida teacher and has also worked in the educational publishing industry.

Adrian Fogelin is the author of six novels for middle grade readers and one young adult novel. She draws on experiences that include a stint as a zoo illustrator and years spent aboard a boat in the Florida Keys. Her books have been included in numerous state lists including Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award winners. She is a frequent visitor to classrooms throughout the country where she teaches her unique creative writing program, “Think Like an Author.”

To help readers locate this book at their local public library, the Department also offers a unique interactive tool called “Find a Book, Florida.” Through “Find a Book, Florida” users are able to build custom reading lists based on their interests and reading levels. Users can also locate their favorite books at local libraries and Barnes & Noble using the interactive tool. To use “Find a Book, Florida,” visit http://florida.lexile.com. To learn more about the Department’s Literacy League, visit http://www.fldoe.org/literacyleague/