I take a lot of pride today in launching an exciting new series in the Post Independent. It’s a 14-chapter story for young readers, called “Keep Your Eye on Amanda!”
The first chapter appears today on page 13, and if you think you know some brash and gutsy kids, wait until you meet Amanda. She’s a teenage raccoon living in Boulder, and she is about to have a series of wild, scary and funny adventures with her brother Philip and a few nutty human beings.
“Keep Your Eye on Amanda!” will run every Wednesday, from today through May 26.
The story is published by Breakfast Serials, a Boulder company launched by children’s book writer Avi, who also wrote the tale about Amanda.
He has taken the popular 19th century concept of publishing serialized stories in newspapers and modernized it for the 21st century to attract young readers to the newspaper.
Avi ” a name given to him by his twin sister ” was born in New York City in 1937. He was raised in a home with a family history of books and writing, and newspapers were a major part of his early life, just as they are today.
It was his childhood reading of serialized stories in New York newspapers that gave him the desire to revitalize the tradition.
Research shows that adults who are dedicated newspaper readers grew up reading the paper at home or in school, and discussing current events there as well. Serialized stories, just like the comics pages and stories about school sports, are aimed at cultivating the next generation of newspaper readers among today’s youngsters.
Some kids will be skilled enough to read each week’s chapter by themselves. Others would love to have a grown-up or an older kid read it to them. Readers, please make sure the kids you know get a chance to enjoy this boisterous story about Amanda, Philip and their friends.
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“Keep Your Eye on Amanda!” is being printed starting this month in newspapers across the state through a grant from the Colorado Press Association.
The feature is also sponsored this week by The Book Train in downtown Glenwood Springs.
As the weeks go by, please let me know what you think about the series. Other stories are available through Breakfast Serials, and if enough readers tell us they like this feature, we will consider continuing it.
This Friday will be the last week for the television schedule to be published as a four-page insert in the Friday Options section.
Starting Friday, March 5, the evening television schedule will be published in each day’s paper, at the end of the Sports section and right in front of the classified ads.
Friday’s papers will include the Friday and Saturday listings. Daily listings will be published in each day’s paper Sunday through Thursday.
The insert was convenient, but this rearrangement will improve our daily package and create more space for sports news. And you won’t have to hunt around the house for the insert later in the week. Just look in each day’s paper for the evening’s listings.
” Heather McGregor is the managing editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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