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Liberty student wins Disney book contest

By Staff
A Liberty Middle School student and her fellow classmates will have plenty of new books to read when they return for the 2002-2003 school year.
Rio Gaiser, is one of five respondents from across the country who was recently awarded a grand prize of 41 of the top nominated books, with an additional set being given to the school, by Disney Adventures magazine's third annual book awards.
Her recognition is appearing in the May issue of the magazine.
"The book survey in Disney Adventures is my favorite one," Rio said. "My favorite books are always mentioned but there are also some I haven't heard of. Those are the books I try to find a few of over the summer to read."
The books were delivered to Rio and Liberty Middle School before the close of the 2001-2002 school year. According to Suzanne Harper, editor-in-chief of Disney Adventures and a children's author herself, books were nominated by major book publishers in such categories as adventure, best book of the year, entertainment/biography, historical fiction, mystery/horror, humor and science fiction/fantasy.
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