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Award Winning Author Visiting Thornton Academy on Monday, Dec. 13
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SACO—On Monday, Dec. 13, thanks to a donation from Prime Motor Group President Ira Rosenberg, award-winning fantasy author Julie Hahnke will spend the day working with students at Thornton Academy.
Schedule of events
Hahnke will teach writing workshops to sixth-grade classes at Thornton Academy Middle School (TAMS) in the morning. Afterward, a luncheon will be held and students can share special projects they’ve developed based on Hahnke’s story, and finally the author will talk to TA middle and high school students in the auditorium.  The sixth grade classes at TAMS have just finished reading Hahnke’s latest book, The Grey Ghost, a blend of fantasy and historic fiction set in medieval Scotland. It won the Mom’s Choice Award Silver Medal in 2010, and bookstores across the country voted it #3 on the Kids’ Summer 2009 Indie Next List.
Hahnke’s assembly presentation will examine the research in different subjects that goes into her stories and how it contributes to the elements of fiction. She’ll also announce an exciting national literacy campaign being launched next month and her collaboration with an Atlanta-based teen rock group. She’ll have custom-designed, autographed bookmarks for every student, and bagpipes and a large sword may make an appearance.
Support for program
A classroom set of 30 books for TAMS and Hahnke’s author visit on Dec. 13 are both made possible by a generous donation from Ira Rosenberg, President of Prime Motor Group in Saco.

Arrange your visit by contacting Jennifer Hass at 317-0644 or by e-mailing
About Julie Hahnke
Julie Hahnke is the author of Through the Eyes of a Raptor and The Grey Ghost, and is a fierce champion of children’s and teen literacy. She’s spoken in over one hundred schools during the last three years and she’s taught dozens of writing workshops at all grade levels. In prior lives she worked in high technology, investment finance, and marketing strategy consulting. She’s a former sailing judge and competitive bagpiper, and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
About Prime Motor Group
The Prime Motor Group has charted exceptionally strong growth in Maine ever since Ira Rosenberg first bought Prime Toyota in 2004. Since then Prime has expanded to eight dealerships in Scarborough and Saco, becoming one of the largest employers in the Saco Bay area. Ira Rosenberg started in the car business in 1967, and he and his wife Judy are widely admired for their community spirit, and strong commitment to many charitable causes. More information about the Prime Motor Group is available at
About Thornton Academy
Founded in 1811, Thornton Academy is an independent day and boarding school serving students in grades 6 through 12. At the heart of Thornton Academy’s vision for the 21st century is the image of the student as a lifelong learner who possesses the skills and attitudes necessary for this desirable and attainable goal. TA offers a challenging and invigorating curriculum that includes college preparatory and prevocational courses as well as support for special needs. Comprehensive offerings in performing and fine arts, technology and language, coupled with diverse extracurricular activities at Thornton’s 80-acre open campus help to create a distinctive academic experience.

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