Join us for a reading with Sharon Myrick, who will read from her young adult novel School Tales. This event will be free and open to the public.
School Tales is a lively rendering of what’s wrong, and what could be right, about high school. Five spunky teenagers tell their stories of school’s powerful agency to influence deliberation of fundamental questions: Who am I? What do I want to learn? Am I able to direct my life? Can I trust friends to be there for me?
As students learn lessons to deal with personal and public issues of racism, anxiety, gender identity, immigration, family instability, depression, and law enforcement, a new vision of school emerges where students build what they call “a life worth living.”
"Myrick is a thoughtful writer who gets deep into her characters’ psyches."
Sharon Myrick grew up in the Deep South and spent her adolescence trying to figure out why she was not the image of a southern belle. School was no help in understanding that problem or any other, until a college professor finally taught her to think. After doctoral work in education, Sharon’s passion for eighteen years became teaching at every level, from preschool through college. Her work managing community educational programs for thirteen years showed her the “it takes a village” approach to change.
Now, from her Virginia mountain cabin, Sharon helps manage schooltaleslive.com, where youth speak about their needs and ways high school could help them.