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Seventh graders Matt Simon, Xander Smaby and Taylor Wexler are part of a group of approximately 130 Boeckman Middle School students participating in the International Reading Association’s National Young Adult Choices Project.

Farmington students get to weigh in on hot lit picks

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Boeckman Middle School student Xander Smaby was hoping he’d be able to spot the next big storyline in young adult books when he signed up to participate in an international book review panel at the school.


So far, though, all he’s read was a book of poems that were written to reflect what a dog might be thinking. Smaby refers to the book as the “dog poems” book, but he still enjoyed reading it.

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Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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