CLARKSVILLE — Clinton-Massie seventh-grader Abby George was recently named a top-10 runner-up winner in the Scholastic Reading Club’s “Rick Riordan Mythology Writing Contest.”
According to Scholastic’s representative Betsy Howie, “Abby should be particularly pleased, as Scholastic received a near-mythic number of entries — almost 10,000 — from students all over the country.”
Jjudges added that the overall quality of the entries was extraordinarily high.
And, while the amount of thought, imagination, and skill that went into the creation of thousands of new myths made for enjoyable reading, it also made choosing only 11 entries for recognition a difficult decision.
George’s winning entry, “Why Wolves Howl at the Moon”, paints a mythical narrative with vivid, expressive, and imaginative words that leave readers both haunted and entertained.
Some of the most vivid imagery can be found in the sentences “The crickets chirped like a thousand villains sharpening their switchblades; Silence prevailed, except for the sound of the dried leaves crunching under his feet like small bones; and She sent her granddaughter’s spirit soaring, making her into a beautiful and glorious glowing orb to illuminate the night.”
“Abby’s writing has great creativity and expression,” said seventh-grade language arts teacher Ashley Cagle, “which makes it extremely enjoyable to read. I admire Abby’s writing and look forward to seeing her grow as a writer.”
As a top -10 runner-up winner, George was awarded a deluxe hardcover “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” box set in recognition of her accomplishment.
Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller, who coordinates communications for several area schools.