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West Ottawa and Holland’s Big Read

Over 140 students at the high school will be reading Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine and participating in Holland’s Big Read program.  As students read, they’ll be using photography to express what they see through the imagery Otsuka uses so beautifully in her writing.  Barry Elz, a professional photographer, has visited students already to give a photography lesson!  Students will work with Barry to assess the power of photos and how they reflect a theme in the novel.  Over the course of the book study, students will participate in events outside of class to engage them with the community in reading a book together.  Students will also be attending a question and answer session with the author herself before she presents a keynote talk on November 9th at Hope College.  To culminate the unit, student art and photography will be on display at the Holland Armory starting on Thursday, November 16!  The Exhibit of Student Art opens that evening from 7-9pm. This event, and others starting November 1st, are free to the public (with one exception).  You’re invited to join our students and community by reading When the Emperor Was Divine!

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