Young authors’ stories to be published in ‘Crazy Creatures’ book

  • From left are young authors Dylan Vernon, Kassidie Stoltz, Kailyn Sadler, Alyson Harris, David Badea and Elias Augusto from Newton School in Greenfield. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 10/8/2019 11:36:55 PM

GREENFIELD — Eight young authors at Newton School will have stories they wrote last year when they were second-graders published in Young Writers’ “Crazy Creatures.”

After receiving more than 8,000 entries, Young Writers chose “all of the work” submitted by Newton School, according to the publication’s editor, Debbie Killingworth.

Kailyn Sadler, an 8-year-old third-grader now, said she is “really excited” that her story, “Miss Sassy Pants” about a sassy monster who finds a girl in the woods and teaches her to be sassy, will be included.

“I was so excited when I heard,” Kailyn said. “My mom was excited, too.”

Kailyn and the other students were in Jami Witherell’s class when they wrote the stories. Witherell was recently featured on the TV show Good Morning America for her work with students. She left Newton at the end of last year to be closer to her mother, who recently fell ill.

“I wrote about a creature who went into a house and destroyed everything,” said 8-year-old Alyson Harris. “The monster then came to Newton and threw a candy bomb at it. I can’t wait to share the book with my whole family. I’m going to read my story to them.”

Newton School will also receive a copy of the book so that it can share the stories with other students and parents.

“My crazy creature was a snake,” said Kassidie Stoltz, 8. “I was happy to hear it will be in the book. I’m going to show it to all my family members and read it to them.”

Principal Melodie Goodwin said she is proud of the students and looking forward to reading the book.

“This is a real honor for all eight students involved and for the school,” she said.

Killingworth sent a letter to the school saying the aim at Young Writers has always been to get children to enjoy reading and writing. She said having their work published is a confidence booster that showcases writing skills and gives students an audience and purpose for their work.

Goodwin said the school and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., will receive a copy of “Crazy Creatures.” The name of the school will be published in the book.

The other students whose work will be published are David Badea, Elias Augusto, Jerimyah Gonzalez, Julian Davies and Dylan Varnon.

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