Little Competition for this Year's Read Together Florida

Little Competition

The West Tampa Branch Library is an appropriate place to launch the annual reading event. It was built by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation and was the place where lectors chose what they were going to read to Tampa's cigar workers.

This year's book is called The Zero Game, by Florida author Brad Meltzer. Liza McFadden, president of the Volunteer Florida Foundation, says the book was chosen because the hero is a teenager. But she also says no other books were considered for this year's event.

McFADDEN: In this case, Brad approached us. And he knew that we annually do a statewide book read. And said 'I would love to be involved, I would love to help promote it.'

This is the third year Read Together Florida has encouraged students to read the same book. Previous authors have been Zora Neale Hurston and Carl Hiassen.

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