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Author, alum to visit Washington Middle School

September 27, 2016

District 186 alumnus and author of the adventure novel “The League and the Lantern” Brian Wells will be visiting Washington Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. He will speak to the 7th grade class about his career and book, which correlate with the second quarter theme of perseverance.

Wells attended Pleasant Hill Elementary and Washington Middle School and graduated from Lanphier High School in 1983. He went on to graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. He has had a successful career as a television and entertainment industry executive, bringing to life award-winning network television movies that have been enjoyed by millions and applauded by family organizations across the U.S. The book series came from his own family’s struggle to find quality entertainment options.

“The League and the Lantern” begins when a dangerous organization invades Jake Herndon’s seventh-grade sleepover. He escapes along with two classmates, Lucy and TJ, only to face a 48-hour fight for survival on the streets of Chicago. The kids unravel a mystery dating back to the Civil War and discover an incredible secret about Jake’s family. Along the way they learn unexpected lessons about courage, family and friendship.

In addition to the positive themes of the book, Wells has included 140 of the top vocabulary words that middle school students need for success, and has invisibly woven them into the story. Also, for every book sold, another is donated to a child through organizations including Springfield’s Big Brothers Big Sisters.