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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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Literacy League Featuring Edward Bloor Now Available for Download

~ Author answers middle school students’ questions for his book “Taken” ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education’s Literacy League book club continues to inspire future authors with the third installment of the series now available for download on Florida iTunes U. This quarter, the interactive book club features author Edward Bloor, a former Florida public school English teacher, who answers questions from Florida middle school students about his book, “Taken.”

“Mr. Bloor’s book inspires children to make a difference in the world – and gives them the ability to critically think about what could happen to our way of life if the future is left to chance,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I’m excited that the Literacy League is able to provide such a fantastic opportunity for our students to connect with world-renown authors like Mr. Bloor, to grow their love of reading and encourage them to exercise their literary talents.”

In addition to “Taken,” Bloor has written four other books for teenagers including “Crusader,” “Story Time,” “London Calling,” and the award-winning “Tangerine.” The New Jersey-native is a graduate of Fordham University and has worked as a book editor in addition to teaching English in Florida public schools.

“I want to thank the Literacy League for putting ‘Taken’ into the hands of Florida's young readers,” Mr. Bloor said. “‘Taken’ is a book about their future, and how grim it could be if they don't take charge.”

Throughout the year, the Department’s Literacy League book club connects prominent authors with Florida middle school students through a podcast question-and-answer session about a featured book. The Literacy League podcast is available on iTunes U, which provides free multimedia content to schools, parents, students, administrators and teachers both in Florida and around the world.

To view the Literacy League podcasts, including the program for “Taken,” visit www.floridaitunesu.com. For more information about the Department of Education’s Literacy League, visit www.fldoe.org/literacyleague.