'Who Done It?' mystery promotes literacy - New York News

'Who Done It?' mystery promotes literacy

Posted: Updated:

By SHANI PETROFF | Fox 5 News

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -- Some of the most recognizable names in young adult fiction have come together to promote literacy. They took part in the anthology "Who Done It?" published by Soho Teen.

"The premise is the most evil editor in the world Herman Mildew has been murdered and over 80 of the world's young adult and middle grade authors are suspects in the murder so they all have to provide an alibi," says Dan Ehrenhaft of Soho Teen.

Each author worked for free. All the money raised from the book goes to 826NYC.

"826 is a free tutoring group down here in Brooklyn on Fifth Avenue that gives free tutoring for kids," says Jon Scieszka, the editor of the anthology and a board member at 826NYC. "It allows them to read and write which is kind of great. All run by volunteers and all nonprofit."

The idea for the book came about as a way to help the community.

"I always wanted to publish a book whose proceeds benefit 826NYC because I volunteered here for years and years and years and I love the place, it does so much amazing work for kids," Ehrenhaft says.

Almost instantly authors signed on to help out.

"Once we told them they could do this and support all the great things that go on down here everybody just said yes immediately," Scieszka says.

At a "Who Done It" book release party in Park Slope, the authors stuck by their alibis and their innocence. While they all have different ideas about who killed Herman Mildew, they do all agree on one thing: That 826NYC is a worthwhile cause.

"As a local Brooklyner, I very much support what 826 does," says Lauren Oliver, an author.

"It's a really wonderful organization, and so how could I resist that much fun" says Libba Bray, an author. "And also, who could resist the chance to come up with an alibi to a murder you may or may not have committed."

"Every penny that comes into 826 they use for the best thing: they put it right into the kids," Scieszka says. "And you can't ask for much more than that."

"Who Done It?" is available at major and independent book retailers.

http://www.826nyc.org

http://www.sohopress.com/soho-teen/

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Whitewashed American flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Whitewashed American flags raised at Brooklyn Bridge

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:07 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:07:16 GMT
    Police are responding to the Brooklyn Bridge where two whitewashed American flags have been raised. It is not clear who raised the flags or why. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appear to have been removed. Several officers scaled the bridge and lowered one of the flags at about 11 a.m., reported the Associated Press.
    Police are responding to the Brooklyn Bridge where two whitewashed American flags have been raised. It is not clear who raised the flags or why. The American flags that are normally up at the bridge appear to have been removed. Several officers scaled the bridge and lowered one of the flags at about 11 a.m., reported the Associated Press.
  • Man helping turtle is attacked by dog

    Man helping turtle is attacked by dog

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:11:44 GMT
    A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road.
    A Hamden man has been mauled by a dog while trying to help a turtle cross a local road.
  • Polluted Gowanus Canal doesn't scare away neighborhood development

    Polluted Gowanus Canal doesn't scare away neighborhood development

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:57 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:57:02 GMT
    Every day, those who live and work in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn drive and bike and walk across their canal, growing a little more accustomed to but no less disgusted by its scent and appearance. Once the busiest canal in the United States, the Gowanus now bears the distinction as perhaps the most polluted body of water in the nation. No one knows exactly how polluted because few have summoned enough courage to dive into its murky depths to investigate.
    Every day, those who live and work in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn drive and bike and walk across their canal, growing a little more accustomed to but no less disgusted by its scent and appearance. Once the busiest canal in the United States, the Gowanus now bears the distinction as perhaps the most polluted body of water in the nation. No one knows exactly how polluted because few have summoned enough courage to dive into its murky depths to investigate.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices