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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Author, village come through

December 4, 2012 · Updated 8:35 AM

To the editor:

It takes a village …

On behalf of my students and myself, I want to give heartfelt thanks to the village of Langley for making our field trip on Nov. 15 a smashing success. These 26 eighth graders have been reading Elizabeth George’s new young adult novel, “The Edge of Nowhere,” while concurrently studying literary analysis. The students live only six miles from the Mukilteo Lighthouse, yet 74 percent live in poverty.

For most, this was their first time to the lighthouse, on a ferry, to the island or beach. We want to thank in particular: the staff at Langley Library for graciously welcoming us; Elizabeth George for answering all our questions, engaging us in a literary discussion and signing our books; Useless Bay Coffee for inviting us to eat our sack lunches in its warm atmosphere and for giving us delicious cookies; Moonraker Books for extending a generous discount on the books; all who donated funds to purchase Saratoga Woods so it would be available to us as we traced the steps of characters in the book; and the residents and patrons who enjoyed having us in your midst, especially the gentleman on his bike who was waylaid en route home from the Star Store. We are most grateful! I am a Langley resident and reading specialist at Voyager Middle School in Mukilteo.

Susan Shira


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