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Feb 18, 2018
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January 17, 2018

Mad Scientist Academy book series author to visit CHES, Feb. 9

Charlton Heights student, who have been busy reading as part of the school's annual Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) program, are in for a big treat next month when Mad Science Academy book series author Matt McElligott visits CHES.

A visit from McElligott on Friday, Feb. 9 is the grand finale PARP event. He'll be at the school all day speaking to students about the process of writing and illustrating, how to research a topic to write about, and he'll also be signing books.

Additionally, the school's top summer readers who logged oodles of minutes of reading will also be recognized at the PARP event for their hard work and dedication to reading. Congratulations to:

  • Fred Crudele: 6,515 minutes, 5th grade, Mr. Deso's class
  • Kyle Crudele: 5,584 minutes, 2nd grade, Mrs. Buff's class
  • Olivia Martin: 5,307 minutes, 5th grade, Mrs. Hall's class
  • Kristina Itani: 5,181 minutes, 5th grade, Mrs. Hall's class
  • Mason Williams: 3,494 minutes, 4th grade, Mrs. Long's class
  • Melissa Williams: 3,402 minutes, 4th grade, Mrs. Long's class
  • Catherine Groth: 3,343 minutes, 5th grade, Mr. Haluska's class
  • Jaxson Soria: 3,310 minutes, 3rd grade, Mrs. McNeal's class
  • Arden Heiner: 3,075 minutes, 3rd grade, Mrs. Bomm's class
  • Kiernan Crary-Gracz: 3,028 minutes, 4th grade, Miss Donofrio's class

McElligott visited CHES in 2016, his Mad Scientist Academy series, about a school where unusual students learn cool facts about science, had just been launched. The first title was Mad Scientist Academy; the Dinosaur Disaster. Since then, two more titles have been added: The Weather Disaster and The Space Disaster. Each of these is a picture book with illustrations done in graphic novel/comic book style and is appropriate for all students K-5. Also available for purchase and signing that day are several picture books and a couple of chapter books from his Benjamin Franklinstein series.