East Islip Middle School’s Master Readers Book Discussion Club recently had the opportunity to meet author Steve Kluger in the high school library. The visit was arranged by the East Islip High School PTSA Arts in Education Committee and librarian Wendy Turkington.
Kluger is the author of acclaimed books such as “The Last Day of Summer" (1998) and “My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park
” (2008). The latter novel won the inaugural Amelia Elizabeth Walden (AEW) Book Award for Young Adult Fiction in 2009, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English. This award is given to the author of a young adult book that demonstrates a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal and literary merit. “Defying sentimentality, his characters offer readers realistic, complicated—and inspiring—teenagers seeking both personal identity and connection with others,” said AEW selection committee chair Wendy Glenn at the time.
During the meeting in East Islip, Kluger spoke to the excited students about his writing process, answered many
questions from both club members and high school students, and
autographed copies of his book.