How Author G. Neri and Librarian Kimberly DeFusco Changed a Life

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Juvenile Justice Literacy Project

Neri pic2 600x446 How Author G. Neri and Librarian Kimberly DeFusco Changed a Life

G. Neri, author of Chess Rumble (Lee & Low, 2007), and Kimberly DeFusco, a Tampa school librarian, helped turn Raequon P., a young at-risk non-reader, into a Shakespeare-loving poet. (As told by the author, the librarian, and the poet.)

G. Neri: In 2009, Kim DeFusco, the media specialist at Young Middle Magnet school here in Tampa, invited me to come to her school to give a talk. She told me about one particular student, Raequon, who loved my first book Chess Rumble, a free-verse graphic novella about a troubled boy whose life is turned around by the game of chess. Raequon was dying to meet me. But like many kids in his situation, come the day of my visit, he was not to be…

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