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Brayden Weinrich asks a question of his fellow King George School students at an assembly Thursday. Weinrich, a Grade 7 student, read his recently published book Sticky Music to them.
Brayden Weinrich’s sister accidentally sat on her mother’s guitar, inspiring him to write a book about music.
“A couple years ago my mom was learning guitar and my sister went into the room and she wanted to learn too, but my mom wasn't around,” Weinrich told the Times-Herald. “My sister – without realizing it – set the guitar down and sat on it, and it broke a hole in the back.”
Following that mishap, the Grade 7 student said pictures and ideas formed in his head. Those thoughts eventually led to his decision to slap duct tape on the back of his mother’s guitar.
“It formed the idea for a story that when you played the guitar it would actually stick the music to the tape,” he said. “If the tape is stuck to a jar of beads the music would attach to the jar and make it a musical shaker.”
Those ideas, he noted, was where the title of his Xlibris published book, Sticky Music, came from.
On Thursday, Weinrich read his book in front of his fellow students at King George School. There was also a slideshow that included the words and featured the illustrations of Megan Howard.
Principal Ward Milligan said the writing group run by Lynn Kirk, a student support teacher, has had a strong impact on some of the school’s students, such as Weinrich.
Rachel Halvorsen, a Grade 8 student, also read her published work – a short story titled “Super Paranormal” – for students at Thursday’s assembly.
She wrote it late in 2013 with the goal of having it published.
“My reaction was pretty happy when it was published, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of one Jessica (Ludke),” said Halvorsen.
Ludke, Halvorsen, Alexa Friesen and Clarissa Howell all read their published works in front of King George students Thursday.
The highlight of the readings was, however, Weinrich, who said over about an 18-month period he rewrote the book six times.
Most of the schools teachers and students knew about his book before he read it to them, but Weinrich said reaction at home has been massive.
“At home it's been a pretty big reaction,” he said. “A lot of my parents' friends and their friends have told each other about it and everyone has been continuously buying it.”
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