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Book Week Features Whale Tale ‘Grayson’

Each seventh grader in the Long Beach Unified School District is receiving a copy of the book “Grayson,” by Lynne Cox, in preparation for the annual Long Beach Reads One Book week March 1 to 9. The annual week-long series of events encourages everyone in Long Beach to read the same book and discuss it in a variety of venues and formats. Local author Lynne Cox’s autobiographical story details her adventures during one of her routine morning swims off the coast of Long Beach. She encounters a baby whale separated from its mother, and embarks on a quest to reunite the two. The Long Beach Public Library Foundation coordinates the book week, which involves dozens of community partners. For local seventh graders, “Grayson” is part science lesson and part English lesson. After reading the book, the students will participate in an essay contest. In their essays, students will explain “why we should be concerned about preserving marine life.” Science teachers will grade the essays for science knowledge, and English teachers will grade the essays for proper usage and rhetoric. Winners of the essay contest will be announced next week. For more information, visit the Long Beach Public Library Foundation’s website at