TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- An award winning author wants to get local middle school students on the path to reading.
National Teen Read Week at Washburn Rural Middle School kicked off with author Ben Mikaelsen.
The author spoke to 8th grade students who read and studied his book "Touching Spirit Bear."
It is among Mikaelsen's many award winning books and was chosen as Best Book for Young Adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association.
Students in the book clubs at Washburn Rural Middle and High School also participated in the author visit.