Open Meeting of Teen Reading Ambassadors

Carolina Hoyos reads Refugee by Alan Grats, the inaugural book for the Teen Reading Ambassador initiative.Tucson teens, Worlds of Words opens this meeting of our Teen Reading Ambassadors so that interested local high school students can experience the program and determine if it’s something you’d like to start in the fall.

We will discuss Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot and then introduce the Google suite as an organization tool. It is preferable that participants have already read the book, though not necessary. If you know that you’d like to come, we have four extra copies of the book. The teen ambassadors are preparing for July 14 when Stephanie Elliot will be in Worlds of Words.

We are recruiting a new group for Fall 2018. If you already know you want to be a Teen Reading Ambassador for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 school year, simply complete our online application.

Meet Bill Konigsberg

Teen Reading Ambassadors: The Porcupine of TruthJoin the Worlds of Words Teen Reading Ambassadors as we welcome Bill Konigsberg, author of The Porcupine of Truth. We are compelled by the search for and importance of belonging in this story of an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can’t have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth.

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn’t really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who’s long held a secret regarding Carson’s grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson’s dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the “Porcupine of Truth” in all of their lives.

The University of Arizona Bookstore offers books for sale and autographing.

Event details may change, so check back for updates.

WOW News

WOW Launches Teen Reading Ambassador Initiative

By Rebecca Ballenger, Coordinator of Outreach and Collections, Worlds of Words

Worlds of Words opened applications for a pilot program that positions local teens as reading ambassadors in their own high schools. Teens in the program interact with published authors of young adult literature, receive books by that author and share their experience with their peers to promote reading in their school communities. The Teen Reading Ambassador (TRA) initiative is administered by WOW in the University of Arizona College of Education.

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