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Young Authors Share Work With Public as Part of Book Festival

Chippewa Valley Book Festival hosts Young Authors Read Showcase

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WINNING WRITERS. Some of the presenters at the recent Young Writers Read event. (Submitted photo)
WINNING WRITERS. Some of the presenters at the recent Young Writers Read Showcase. (Submitted photo)

As part of the 23rd Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival, local students were selected to read their winning prose or poetry entries on the stage of the Grand Theatre on Oct. 23. Seven students in grades three to five were selected from Manz, Montessori, Sherman, and Stillson elementary schools. One homeschooled student was also chosen. In addition, 10 students were chosen from DeLong, Northstar, Menomonie and South middle schools. 

The Chippewa Valley Book Festival has announced that the elementary and middle school students featured were:


Elijah McMorran, “Sparky,” Chippewa Valley Montessori

Miles Meeks, “The Soccer Game,” Chippewa Valley Montessori


Sydney Burr, “Fidget World,” Sherman School

Evan Hemmerich, “The Ugly Prince Named Bob,” Sherman School


Marshall Meeks, “Turning Invisible,” Chippewa Valley Montessori 

Lily Bridges, “The Diary of a Cat,” homeschool

Miah Tuenge,  “A Call to Heaven”, Stillson School

Noura Alasagheirin, “The Case of the Missing Furniture,” Manz School


Kellen Hicks, “Jonathan and Milo,” Northstar Middle School

Owen Hicks, “The Scheme,” Northstar Middle School


Ellie Oleson, “One Special Star,” DeLong Middle School

Ashley Lee, “Underneath the Moonlight,” Northstar Middle School

Lydia Strand, “Nature Sounds,” Northstar Middle School


Camryn Peters, “Me the Mini Me,” DeLong Middle School

Emma Schroeder, “A Grim Job,” Menomonie Middle School

David Feltes, “The Field Trip,” DeLong Middle School

Lucy Ostedt, “I am From,” South Middle School

Lucy Dolan, “The First Snow,” Menomonie Middle School

More young readers from the Showcase. (Submitted photo)
More young readers from the Showcase. (Submitted photo)

Each participant received a gift certificate to purchase a book of their choice from Dotters Books. When asked why they enjoy writing, eighth-grader Lucy Ostedt explained, “I can use hidden meanings in the writing to talk about things I struggle with.” Eighth-grader Camryn Peters liked “the fact that you can create entire worlds with their own rules.” Marshall Meeks, a fifth-grader, writes because “you can make things that you can feel proud of.” Seventh-grader Ashley Lee enjoys writing “because it is fun and it allows me to write out stuff from my imagination.” Fifth-grader Miah Tuenge added, “when I write, it doesn’t have to be real. I can make it up or I can write about something I know will help somebody.” 

The Young Writers Read Competition was sponsored by RCU and the Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild. Learn more about the book festival at