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 Because of their writing prowess, a special group of fifth graders at Meridiana Elementary got to spend a day at Tweens Read in Houston. (Courtesy photo)

The Meridiana Elementary library held a writing contest for fifth-grade students, and 15 of these students were selected to attend Tweens Read on Oct. 13. Tweens Read, held at South Houston High School, is an all-day author event that provides an opportunity for students to interact with 26 different authors who specialize in writing books for fifth- through eighth-grade students. 

At the event, students were introduced to the authors at an opening event and then attended multiple author panel sessions throughout the day. At each author session, students were able to directly engage with the authors by asking questions and then receiving a personalized response. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase books to be signed by the authors at an onsite bookstore. 

Students participating in the event were enthusiastic and engaged. Comments included, “I can’t wait to read that book,” and “I hope I can be a writer someday.” Without a doubt, Tweens Read gave Meridiana Elementary students the opportunity to spend the day engaging with authors and books and provided an extra boost to create increased excitement and enthusiasm for writing and reading. 

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