Tuesday, July 2, 2019

"Thirty Minutes" over Connecticut

The city of Bridgeport, CT runs an annual program called Read Aloud Day; a committee chooses a different book for every elementary grade level and a fleet of volunteers fan out so that someone visits every public elementary classroom in the city on the same day to read to the class. And every class gets a copy of the chosen book. 

In 2008, the book chosen for sixth grade was Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman.

I’m honored to report that the book chosen for sixth grade this year is Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot’s World War II Story

Thank you for the honor!

The letter I wrote that will be copied and inserted into every book:

Hello Bridgeport readers on Read Aloud Day 2019!

Don’t like war stories?
Don’t like nonfiction?
Don’t like history?
Don’t bet on it!

This story is a famous first you’ve never heard of. It will surprise you on nearly every page. And it’s ALL TRUE.

It starts on the deck of a submarine and ends deep in a forest. It involves a samurai sword, an unusual catapult, a secret mission, and a funny sandwich. (You’ll see…)

You will be thrilled, you will smile wide, you may get sad. 

Ready for takeoff?

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