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What is a magic thief?

March 4, 2010
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
Visiting author, Sarah Prineas could tell you. Thanks to an anonymous gift of money to the South Tama Elementary Library Program, Sarah Prineas visited the 4th and 5th grade students on Feb. 18. She is the author of The Magic Thief. It is the first of the series.

The classes were introduced to the book prior to her visit. Students investigated the characters in her book and were able to create their own characters and autobiographies with illustrations based on either Pablo Picasso or Henre Matisse. These collaboration classes were guided by Brenda Schneider, art educator and Brenda Husak, Teacher librarian. Students also explored The Magic Thief website and learned the code of runes. Some students used runes to write on t-shirts.

Her visit included the author’s interpretation of the first chapter, a question and answer time, and an autograph session. She was able to visit with some of our own promising authors.

The Magic Thief was just named an Iowa Children’s Choice Book for 2011. It has been honored with other awards such as The Great Stone Face Book Award sponsored by the Children's Librarians of New Hampshire, Tenneesse Volunteer State Book Award 2010-2011, a 2009-2010 Wyoming Indian Paintbrush State Book Nominee, The 2009 E.B. White Older Reader Honor, and 2010 Children’s Literature Association of Utah Beehive Award Nominee. Sarah Prineas lives in Iowa City and has a Ph.D in English literature.

The students, teachers and library staff expressed their appreciation to the anonymous person that gifted the money for this learning experience.


Article Photos

With author Sarah Prineas are South Tama Elementary students Savanna Lopez, Abby Parizek, Bri Nelson and Betsy Ridout. -Photos provided



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