MONARCH — In the Internet age the family that reads together can sometimes be chosen to not only read an advance copy of a new book but also review it online.
Emma Garner is a fourth grade student at Monarch Elementary School who, according to her mother, Ivey Garner, a second grade teacher at MES, has always had a love of reading. That love of reading was recently demonstrated when Emma, as a student in Heather Wilson’s class at MES, completed a novel study with the class of “Serafina and the Black Cloak” by Robert Beatty.
Reading the book was such an enjoyable experience for Emma that she not only wanted a copy of it for herself, but also entered an online contest to get an advance copy of its sequel “Serafina and the Twisted Staff” to not only read, but review. Emma also got a very special birthday present because of her interest in the books.
“She loved it so much she had me go buy it for her, ” Mrs. Garner said. “We all read it, Emma, myself, and my mother, and we went to Biltmore Estate for her birthday.”
Mrs. Garner said that after reading first book all three then went online to enter a contest to be named to the Advanced Reader Team for the second book in the series.
“It was a contest on Facebook and over a thousand people entered,” Mrs. Garner said. “You had to say why you wanted to enter. We said we had read the book through her class and we also said that I was a teacher. She was selected and then we have to give reviews on several websites after we finish reading the book.”
Mrs. Garner said they received the advance copy of the second book the day she took the photo that accompanies this story. She said that Emma has been reading it since then and is now on the final chapter, after which she will begin writing her online reviews.
While Emma’s grandmother was not selected for the Advanced Reader Team, her mother was, and Mrs. Garner said she will be reading the book next and then do her own reviews. She has to read it, however, with her daughter telling her anything about it.
“She’s been wanting to tell me about bit and pieces of it but I tell her not to because I’ve got to read it as an adult and then write my reviews online as an adult,” Mrs. Garner said.
While this is the first time they have been selected to the Advanced Reader Team, Mrs. Garner said that she and Emma hope it will not be their last as they would like to be selected to read and review more books in the future.
“Serafina and the Twisted Staff” is set to be released on July 12.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.