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January 24, 2014

Children's author to speak locally

Fans of the youth series' "The Missing" and "The Shadow Children" will have a chance to Skype with author Margaret Peterson Haddix Feb. 4 at the Washington Carnegie Public Library. The event is free but registration is required to be sure there is adequate seating.

Haddix, the author of many other standalone books as well, will be available for questions from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.

"This is a great opportunity for both children and adults to ask her questions about her books," said Youth Services Librarian Lori Osmon. "We are asking that everyone come prepared with written questions to ask her."

Osmon said that the questions will be collected upon arrival and that the questions presented to Haddix will be selected at random.

"Her books reach a wide audience," said Osmon. "We have people of all ages who have taken an interest in her books."

In addition to this being a community event, Osmon said the evening is also an opportunity for students participating in the annual Battle of the Books, a literacy based trivia style contest, to ask questions to the author of two of the selected readings. Battle teams are made up of fifth and sixth grade students from the local elementary schools and the students must read 10 books selected by Osmon.

"This is a program we've had for about 14 years. It's a really a fun event for the students," said Osmon.

While the program is not a school event, Osmon said that many teachers volunteer time to coach their students.

This year, a historical fiction titled "Running Out of Time" and "Among the Hidden" a volume in the Shadow Children series will be part of the Battle of the Books.

Haddix's books are no stranger to the Battle of the Books competition. Her book "Uprising" was chosen as the favorite book by the winning team last year. Each member of the team was awarded a signed copy of the book.

The Battle of the Books will be held Feb. 18 at Antioch Christian Church.

The award-winning author also has ties to the Hoosier state. She once worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne and as a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis.

For more information on the Skype session with Haddix, contact the library at 254-4586

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