Wellington Student Wins Award At ‘April Is For Authors’

An “April is for Authors” event was held April 27 at Palm Beach Gardens High School. This literary event for the whole family brought together a selection of authors who write for children and young adults.

The public was treated to panel discussions and author sessions by a distinguished group of over 20 authors, which included Paul William Catanese, the author of fantasy adventure novels such as The Thief and the Beanstalk; Alex Flinn, the author of nine novels, including Beastly, which was recently made into a movie starring Vanessa Hudgens; Shayne Leighton, the author of Of Light and Darkness; Greg Neri, the author of Yummy, which won the Coretta Scott King Award; and James Ponti, a screenwriter for Nickelodeon, Disney, the History Channel, PBS and the series “Dead City.” The authors discussed their writing, motivation and future plans.

Wellington resident Talia Fradkin was honored at the event, receiving an award for her poem, “The True Account of Reading and Me.”

“It is wonderful when established authors are willing to share their knowledge and encourage students,” Fradkin said. “It was truly a pleasure to meet them.”


ABOVE: Author Greg Neri, Talia Fradkin and Stefanie Pectal of the Palm Beach County School District.