The Monster Gasped - A reading by Brentano 4th & 5th Graders with 826CHI
The Monster Gasped is an anthology of monster stories written by 57 fourth- and fifth-graders from Brentano, a Chicago Public School just west of the Kennedy Expressway in Logan Square. The students created the book with the help of volunteers from 826CHI, a Wicker Park-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring students ages 6 to 18 to cultivate their writing skills. The group is a local offshoot of 826 National, founded in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari.
For an entire semester, 826CHI volunteers spent Tuesday mornings and afternoons in the fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms at Brentano, helping them craft storylines and characters and narrative arcs. They decided early on to shape each story around a monster, but the students were free to go in any direction from there.
This collection of zany, adventurous monster tales—penned by fourth and fifth grade students from Brentano Math & Science Academy in Logan Square—invites you to walk within dark tunnels, through explosive science labs, and into strange forests to explore beastly worlds unknown. Each piece will provoke, tantalize, and surprise you...perhaps even make you gasp—or shout—OMG!
Five students from Brentano Math & Science Academy will be reading excerpts of their beastly monster stories. Support these young voices as they share their work with the community—free autographs and complimentary high fives for all in attendance.
More about the book from a Chicago Tribune article on May 29th: