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Greenwich Reads Together 2017

Led by Media Specialists, the Greenwich Public Schools embraced Greenwich Reads Together 2017, participating in events throughout the months of October and November. More than 2,400 students, faculty, and parents participated in GRT programs across the district as part of Greenwich Reads Together in the Greenwich Public Schools.

GRT Essay Contest: GHS sophomore Rachel Alliker received first prize in the high school category, while Central Middle School eighth grader Benjamin Fertig received first prize in the middle school category. The GRT Essay Contest prompts were: 1) Compare and contrast the selection and delivery of the news in News of the World by Paulette Jiles to the methods by which news is selected and delivered to you in 2017. How do these methods influence your understanding of current events? OR 2) How does your reading of The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney make you aware of the challenges of adapting to a new community? You may want to consider addressing issues raised in the books such as identity, loyalty, and family. (read Rachel's essay; read Benjamin's essay; watch the Awards Ceremony video).

Greenwich Public School Events

  • On November 15, Paulette Jiles visited Greenwich High School to discuss News of the World with 250 high school and middle school students (watch the video).
  • Supporting the Paulette Jiles author talk in the PAC, Headmaster Chris Winters and English Department Head Brigid Barry lead a book discussion on News of the World in the Media Center for faculty, staff, and retired faculty after school. The GHS Media Center also has a book display that focuses on some of the themes and ideas raised in News of the World and The Ransom of Mercy Carter.
  • Some English teachers incorporated News of the World into their curriculum while other teachers have encouraged their students to read News of the World independently and participate in the town-wide GRT essay contest.
  • More than 35 GHS students submitted an essay for consideration in the 2017 GRT Essay Contest.

Central Middle School:

  • CMS sixth graders read either News of the World or the Ransom of Mercy Carter during Academic Base. The purpose of this time is to model for students how to use writing and notetaking strategies to track their thinking about a text, analyzing text as a journey rather than a destination and practice deeper reading of and thinking about a text.
  • CMS students who have read News of the World will attend the Paulette Jiles author talk at Greenwich High School on November 15.

Eastern Middle School:

  • EMS held a Readers Lunch on Wednesday, November 15 and booktalks and lit groups including News of the World and The Ransom of Mercy Carter were held in Language Arts classes throughout the fall.
Greenwich Elementary School students read The Girl Who Loves Horses by Paul Goble and held a number of programs and activities, including:
  • Julian Curtiss School of World Languages: All grade levels are reading The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Grades K through 2 are working on making dreamcatchers in the JC Makerspace.
  • New Lebanon School: All grade levels are reading The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Grades K through 2 are working on making dreamcatchers in the JC Makerspace.
  • North Mianus School: All grade level are reading The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Kindergarten and third grade buddy classes are working together to make dreamcatchers.
  • North Street School: North Street grades 2 through 5 read The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses and discussed the artwork of author Paul Goble who lived and talked with the Plains Indians before he wrote and illustrated the book. Students uses books and websites to carefully examine the art and designs of the Plains Indians and will make tipis using the colors and designs of the Plains Indians.
  • Old Greenwich School: Old Greenwich K-2 students read and discusses The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
  • Riverside School: Riverside K-2 students read and discussed The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses


About Greenwich Reads Together: Greenwich Reads Together is a community-wide reading experience which engages all of Greenwich in exploring a single book. The Steering Committee leading this initiative includes Greenwich Library, Friends of Greenwich Library, Greenwich Alliance for Education, Greenwich Arts Council, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich Pen Women, Greenwich Public and Independent Schools, Perrot Memorial Library, and Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich. In 2016, almost 20 community organizations and more than 7,500 Greenwich residents participated in events around Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Numerous adult, children and teen book discussions were held across Greenwich. For more information, visit

About News of the World and Paulette Jiles: Novelist, poet, and memoirist Paulette Jiles is the author of sixteen novels, most recently News of the World, which was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award. She was raised in the Missouri Ozarks, worked as a journalist in Canada and was awarded Canada’s highest literary honor for her poetry. She returned to the United States in 1989 and currently lives, writes, and rides from a small ranch in Texas.

News of the World is a moving work of historical fiction set in the Texas frontier during the post-Civil War era.


Greenwich Reads Together Archive (2013 - 2016)