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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


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 started covering the Farmington community in June, 1994. 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 Farmington American Legion Auxiliary Unit 189, and acts as 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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