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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- Parents, get a jump on your kids' summer reading program. Join local author Mary E. Dawson and 20 other authors at the St. Lucie County Reading Council's fifth annual Family Reading Festival for a day of reading-related fun on Saturday, April 12, at Mets Stadium in Port St. Lucie (Tradition Field in S. Lucie West) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission is free and there will be free vision screening, goody bags with books to the first 400 families, free Mets tickets for the first 300 children in the gate, and much more.
"We're excited to have over 20 authors eager to talk about their books with young and old," said Debbie Remington, media specialist at Manatee Academy who is Past President of the SLC Reading Council which founded the Family Reading Festival. "We also have a huge outdoor stage with Readers Theater performed by local students, reading games, a ginormous book exchange, puppet shows, Mother Goose and costumed book characters roaming the festival for photo-ops with readers."
"It's an honor to be included in such a positive community-wide event," said Ms. Dawson. "It's so important for our kids to expand their horizons by reading."
Her novel, "The River Way Home: The Adventures of the Cowboy, the Indian, & the Amazon Queen," which is set on the Treasure Coast, was named Best Florida Fiction of 2013 and Best Florida Young Adult Book of 2013 by the Florida Authors and Publishers Association. And it is the only novel about the Treasure Coast included on the Florida Reading Association's Florida Teen Book Map of high interest books whose stories that take place in Florida. It tells the story of three teens, a Cracker boy, a Seminole, and an African-American girl, who lose their boat on Lake Okeechobee in 1914 and are stranded in the Florida jungle. When the Ashley gang blocks the only road back, they must take a new way home that tests their courage and character and changes them forever.
For information about the St. Lucie County Reading Council or the Family Reading Festival, visit www.slcreadingcouncil.org. For information about Ms. Dawson or "The River Way Home" visit www.maryedawson.com.