There’s no mystery about it: Young readers always can use more good books.
Cluster Tutoring is the grateful recipient of about 100 books given by author Heather Ash, president of the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.
The books, aimed at a young adult audience, are all from book publishers. Heather was on a judging committee for the Edgar Allen Poe Awards, or the Edgars, as they’re known. The national awards are handed out each year in multiple writing categories by the MWA. After the judging, Heather found herself with a passel of extra books.
Besides supporting mystery authors, the MWA also supports literacy projects through its Good Works Program. About a year ago, MWA Midwest asked members to recommend groups that could benefit from book donations. Heather found an old email from a fellow MWA Midwest member (and Cluster tutor) about Cluster Tutoring, and the match seemed ideal.
The books are available to students on both Tuesday and Thursday nights. They also will serve as prizes in YEA! (You’ve Earned an Award), Cluster’s student learning incentive program. Some of the books will find new homes in Cluster’s libraries for students to check out on tutoring nights.