TV, Internet, games, texting, Instagramming – with so many entertainment options today, reading for fun may not be high on the list for many young teens. Not true for three PCD middlers. Chloe Ripa '24, Eleanor Karl '25, and Francesca Biafore '25 all developed a love for reading at a young age and read almost daily now.
"I've always enjoyed reading and remember starting with chapter books when I was 8," says Karl. Today she says she's read as many as 180 books in just two years. Though she's recently started the Harry Potter series, her other favorites include The Secret Zoo, The Sisters Grimm, Hunger Games, and The Maze Runner. Biafore also enjoys the fantasy and suspense in the Treasure Hunters and The Land of Stories. "I get really sad when I finish a book series."
Ripa enjoys reading fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction and is currently reading Six of Crows and The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, both of which are among the list of New York Times bestsellers. She also loves Japanese graphic novels, audiobooks, and podcasts. "Audiobooks are great because I can draw and do my art while listening to the story."
"Books can open up a world of imagination. We love to see that so many of our students this year are voracious readers," says Jennifer Caletri, director of the middle school. "A love for reading can help build vocabulary and writing skills but also inspire creativity and a greater understanding of other cultures, perspectives, and the world."