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Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Literacy League Featuring Adrian Fogelin Now Available for Download

~ Author answers middle school students’ questions for her book “Crossing Jordan” ~

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Education’s Literacy League book club continues to inspire future authors with the fourth installment of the series now available for download on Florida iTunes U. This quarter, the interactive book club features author Adrian Fogelin, a Florida resident, who answers questions from Florida middle school students about her book, “Crossing Jordan.”

“By participating in the Literacy League, students, teachers and authors break the boundaries of traditional classroom studies, making lessons much more interactive,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I’m thankful for the time and effort Ms. Fogelin has committed to engaging Florida students and hope our growing community of podcast users is able to take advantage of this great segment.”

In addition to “Crossing Jordan,” Fogelin has written four other books for children including “Anna Casey’s Place in the World,” “My Brother’s Hero,” “The Big Nothing,” “Sister Spider Knows All,” “The Real Question” and “The Sorta Sisters.”

“The Literacy League does a great job of bringing authors and readers together,” Fogelin said. “The video interview is a super addition to the book-reading experience allowing authors and readers to have a conversation. Authors are real people. The Literacy League makes that fact plain!”

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 “Crossing Jordan,” visit www.floridaitunesu.com. For more information about the Department of Education’s Literacy League, visit www.fldoe.org/literacyleague.