On May 2, students from Eden Central School and Johnson Elementary School got a chance to hear from children’s author Susan Hood. 

Hood is the author of one of this year’s Red Clover Book Award Nominees, “Ada’s Violin,” a nonfiction picture book, and the students were familiar with her work and excited to meet her in person.

Hood, who lives in Connecticut and appears regularly in schools, told the true story behind the book about a recycled children’s orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, a town made of trash with little hope for a better life. One man decided the children deserved a brighter opportunity. He enlisted other townspeople to pick through trash, looking for bits and pieces they could use to make musical instruments. 

The children learned to play them and word of their talent spread outside the town and all around their country.

“It makes me feel thankful for the things I have,” one student said after hearing Hood’s presentation. “I did not know kids had to live like that with only rusty cars to play on.”

Deb Stender, the Johnson Elementary School librarian, arranged for Hood’s visit and then offered Audri Miller, Eden Central School librarian, one of her visitation sessions. Since Johnson and Eden are part of the merged Lamoille North school district, the ability to share cost between the schools was seamless and allowed more students to experience an author’s visit.

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