There was a swirl of activity going on around him, but Andrew Hutchison was fully immersed in Calvin and Hobbes. Andrew, 13, is an avid reader with tastes that lean toward fantasy and sci-fi. Still you've got to love Calvin and Hobbes, he said. "And Opus, too." "I just love how he makes things up in his head," Andrew said with a chuckle as he perused the paperback at the school book fair. The fair was just part of the lure that brought students and families to school during the evening hours last week. The Harvest Reading Festival, held annually at Seven Springs Middle School in New Port Richey, is an event that centers on books, reading and fun. ¶ Students and teachers were encouraged to dress up as their favorite book character for a parade and contest. There were storytellers and skits and a haunted house. The kids in the drama club recited and acted out Shel Silverstein poetry. There was other stuff to do — climb a rock wall, play games and munch on cookies or warm pretzels while being entertained by the school's steel drum band. And there was the opportunity to dance the Charleston with students in Susan Phillips' Language Arts class. The students, dressed in 1920s fashion, had been immersed in reading Janet Taylor Lisle's Black Duck, a highly acclaimed teen book that takes place during the Prohibition era. "It's a good book," said Jessica Fagan, 14, before taking a turn teaching the Cat in the Hat (a.k.a. substitute teacher George Krantz) a few steps. "And this is a lot of fun."
School's festival uses literature as lure
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