The 2017 Reading Roundup Tour featured award-winning authors Alton Carter and Cynthea Liu.
Winner of the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award in the Young Adult Category, Alton Carter highlighted his book The Boy Who Carried Bricks. He traveled to five stops in Oklahoma: Elk City, Stratford, Claremore, Tecumseh and Watonga. He did presentations at each town’s public library and school. He talked about the book which follows his life as a young man who perseveres while facing the uphill challenges of growing up in the foster care system.
About the book: Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boys ranch for most of his formative years, a young man refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. This is the true story of Carter, who does not mince words as he describes a childhood full of violence, hunger, and isolation. Carter is a former police officer; he now serves as the director of youth ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater. He lives with his wife and two sons.
Cynthea Liu is the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award winner in the Children’s Category. At her tour stops, she lead activities and discussions emphasizing her book, Bike On, Bear! She made appearances in five towns: Tahlequah, Miami, Wister, Tuttle and Tonkawa. Activities included created a vision board, reading the book aloud, discussion about the book, pizza party and door prizes.
About the book: Bear is no ordinary cub. He can do practically anything! But Bear has a very hairy problem. He can’t ride a bike. Not even with training wheels. Not even with his daddy pushing him along. Not even with the help of his ten best friends. Follow Bear as he employs a library book, science, and the art of self-confidence to try to master the bike. And watch him fail each time. Could Bear be over thinking this whole bike riding thing? Liu spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas. Today, she is a writer, writing coach, and public speaker in Chicago.
The Double R Author Tour is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Oklahoma Center for the Book,Friends of the Oklahoma Center for the Book, Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma (FOLIO), Best of Books and local friends of the libraries.