St. John Valley

Bogan Books donates books to VRMS seventh grade classes

FORT KENT, Maine — As part of the “Indie Bookstores Give Back on Small Business Saturday” campaign (#IndiesGiveBack), Bogan Books, Fort Kent’s Independent Bookstore, distributed twenty-four copies of special edition copies of bestselling author Jason Reynolds’ Ghost to Valley Rivers Middle School seventh grade classes on Dec. 12, 2018.

This holiday season, the American Booksellers Association and American Express worked together with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to provide select independent bookstores nationwide with a total of 20,000 copies of Ghost — Reynolds’s first book in his New York Times bestselling Track series.

Earlier this year, bookstores signed up to work with a local school, community or literacy organization, or youth group to give copies of the book away to a program or school in underserved or low-income communities at an event on or around Indies First on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24. Carter chose to work with seventh graders at Valley Rivers Middle School to be the recipients of the book gift.

“Seventh grade was a time in my life when my world of reading really opened up and it left quite an impression on me. Because of that, I felt like seventh graders would appreciate Ghost’s story and discover a world that describes adversity in a way that the students may not be familiar with,” said Carter. “Although Aroostook is a low-income area, the challenges that face some students may not be identical to the challenges that students in the city can be faced with. Through reading stories like Ghost, students might realize where they have common ground.”

Bogan Books owner, Heidi Carter, met with four seventh grade classes on Dec. 12 to discuss Reynold’s book, to read a chapter of the book, and to present the books to Travis Lynn, the seventh grade teacher at Valley Rivers. The books will become part of the classroom library and will become a choice for students’ book projects.

“It was such a great day. Because of where we live, opportunities like this don’t come by very frequently and I am so grateful to the American Booksellers Association and Jason Reynolds to be able to impact the community in this way,” said Carter.

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