Stephen King: Master of Horror, Ringleader of Nightmares and . . . youth literary advocate?
It may not be the least bit spooky, but it’s true. The Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the non-profit founded by King and his wife to support community projects in Maine, is funding the publication of a manuscript written by group of young students enrolled in the Farwell Elementary School’s Author Studies Program.
The students initially planned to fund their project through a Kickstarter campaign, but when King’s foundation caught wind of it, they stepped in to cover the $6,500 cost of publishing the 290-page manuscript.
Seventh-grader Ella Leo told WMTW News 8 Portland, “It was, like, mind-blowing.”
The budding writers studied Gary Savage’s 2016 book, Fletcher McKenzie and the Passage to Whole, and then adapted the text to mirror their experiences during the pandemic. Savage’s story follows a teenage boy from Western Maine, who attempts to find his missing mother and discover why his father fell into a coma.
Principal Amanda Winslow told the Associated Press that she is “proud of the students and their accomplishments,” and thankful to Savage, who advised the students, and school librarian Kathy Martin.
[via Rolling Stone]