FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Public Schools announced today, October 4, award-winning author A. S. King will serve as the featured guest author for our 2nd Annual Storyteller Series.
She will visit Cameron Middle, Fuller Middle, Walsh Middle and Framingham High on Monday, October 7.
Her visit will include four separate presentations that encourages students to consider their past experiences and how they can shape their future and learn from mistakes rather than be defined by them.
The works of King span readership from middle-grade students to high schoolers and they lend a unique voice to the world of children’s literature – offering stories of adolescents grappling with their secrets and navigating the complex relationships with adults and peers alike. She tells stories that assure readers that they have the power to change their stories.
For their summer reading this year, Framingham High School sophomores were given a choice to read one of A. S. King’s novels.
Sophomore Madisyn Bradeen-Curet read Still Life with Tornado, and she explains that the novel “had amazing life lessons that constantly stuck with me; I’d recommend this book to anyone who ever feels alone in this world or who feels as if they are not noticed. I am so happy that I have the privilege to meet such an amazing writer.”
Sophomore Lucas Gustafson read Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, which follows a high school girl “who one day gets the ability to see into people’s pasts and futures, revealing a terrifying future of war and devastation.”
Classmate Owen Sellers thought that Glory O’Brien offered an “interesting perspective on a super power like seeing the future and a great message on moving on with your life after a rough event.”
Gustafson “liked the book because of its realistic language that sounds like a teenager’s” and he is “excited to be able to learn about her as a writer and about her experiences” when she speaks to his class at Framingham High.
A.S. King has been called “One of the best Y.A. writers working today” by the New York Times Book Review.
King is the author of highly-acclaimed novels including her 2016 release Still Life with Tornado, 2015’s surrealist I Crawl Through It, Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, Reality Boy, the 2012 Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner Ask the Passengers, Everybody Sees the Ants, 2011 Michael L. Printz Honor Book Please Ignore Vera Dietz among others.
She is a faculty member of the Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and spends many months of the year traveling the country speaking to high school and university students.
After more than a decade living self-sufficiently and teaching literacy to adults in Ireland, she now lives in Pennsylvania.
After last year’s engaging presentation by Matt de la Peña, Framingham High Library Media Specialist Alison Courchesne and Cameron Middle School Library Media Specialist Elizabeth Thompson were eager to bring another author to Framingham’s schools to give students the opportunity to make the connection between the books they are reading and the real-life people behind them.
“We want to demystify the job of the writer, to help our students see that everyone has a story to tell, and that the world needs all kinds of people to write, so that we can read and hear all these stories,” said Courchesne.
“We also want to deepen students’ connection to stories, and hopefully, use these connections as a catalyst to build communities of readers and writers in our schools,” said Thompson.
King’s visit is generously sponsored by the following school and community partners: The Framingham High School Foundation; and the Cameron, Fuller, and Walsh Middle School PTOs.
The Framingham Public Library worked to support a rejuvenated summer reading initiative focused on King’s works by offering print, electronic, and audiobooks for student checkout.
The Framingham Public Schools Storyteller Series, which began last year with a visit from Matt de la Peña, was begun as a collaboration with Framingham State University’s Swiacki Festival of Children’s Literature.
This year, Framingham Public Schools will again be collaborating with Framingham State University for this year’s Swiacki Festival on November 7.
Author David Wiesner will be appearing at the Festival and also working with FPS elementary Librarians and Visual Art teachers on teaching the art of wordless storytelling through imagery.