The Great American Read is a nationwide Public Broadcasting System (PBS) initiative exploring and celebrating the power of reading, through the prism of 100 best-loved books, according to the website.
The 100 books were selected through a national survey. About 7,200 people participated. The series is designed to get people reading!
Meredith Vieira, 14-time Emmy winner, former host of The Today Show and The View. serves as host of the upcoming eight-part series.
Milwaukee’s PBS stations are participating. Watch PBS on May 22nd at 7 p.m. for the first of several broadcasts.
I participated in last night’s kick-off event at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s C Auditorium. The program trailer spotlighted many well-known figures and their favorite books. Luminaries included Neil deGrasse Tyson (who gets a shout-out in my new middle-grade novel!), Venus Williams, James Patterson, and many more. I enjoyed chatting with book lovers about my novel. Julie Hill Lehr, Milwaukee PBS’ manager of marketing and community engagement invited Wisconsin authors to join in. Thanks for inviting me, Julie!
Book lovers unite and get behind this great effort to get the country reading!
An African-American tween uses espionage skills and superpowers in this debut middle-grade novel. Seventh-grader Marty Hayes is excited to work with the world-renowned CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing kit in science class. But things go awry…This rousing book with engaging characters should appeal to readers who enjoy adventurous superhero sagas. A thrilling tale with series potential that highlights science, spying, black history, and the importance of family"
Middle grade readers who pick up The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes expecting a one-dimensional story of a young would-be scientist/superhero will find the read exciting, stimulating, and a powerful probe of heroism’s roots and friendship’s special challenges; highly recommended as a standout tale."