Author Diane Kozak with the San Miguel sixth-graders
Author Diane Kozak with the San Miguel sixth-graders

Local author generates excitement toward reading

Author Diane Kozak met with the sixth-graders at San Miguel School to discuss the importance of reading in a special class presentation on Feb. 5.

The author of Full Circle 911 and Chasing Eurabia tied her own passion for books into a lesson in exercising the mind through reading as a lifelong pastime.  Each student was also given an autographed copy of Full Circle 911, which were donated by the Pawtucket Credit Union. 

Kozak engaged the students in interactive games and activities to encourage imagination, focus, and knowledge, all of which, Kozak explained, are the fruits of reading and the keys to success.

The presentation offered students more than a fresh approach to reading, however. In sharing her own journey as a writer, Kozak hoped to inspire the students to believe in their potential for successful futures and encouraged them to never lose sight of their goals: "Don't look back with regrets. You have to follow your dream."

Kozak, a volunteer speaker at schools and organizations throughout southeastern New England, was invited to speak at San Miguel by sixth-grade teacher Sarah Laitinen, who helped to host the event.

For more information on Kozak and her novels, visit her website at