(Photo courtesy of St. Agnes PTO)

DALTON - This year, local author Jana Laiz partnered with St. Agnes Academy and the Dalton Council on Aging to share and discuss her work with middle school students and Dalton COA/ Senior Center members.

Together they focused on the book, "Weeping Under This Same Moon." The book is based on a true story of two teenage girls from different cultures, whose paths intertwine, dramatically altering the course of their lives. According to a book description, Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus of thousands of Vietnamese refugees known as Boat People. Hannah is an angry 17- year- old American high school student and a social outcast who happens to be passionate about the environment and writing. When Hannah learns of the plight of the Boat People, she is moved to action.

"The students and adults have enjoyed their reading of this wonderful book based on Jana's experiences," said St. Agnes PTO member Barbara Kotelnicki. The PTO sponsored the partnership and writer's residency.

Here, the PTOS shares a few photos from a June visit from Laiz with the students and adults.



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(Photo courtesy of St. Agnes PTO)