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Students are invited to read the book and submit artwork inspired by the 2022 Lake Oswego Reads selection. 

Students aged 13 to 18 are invited to read and respond creatively to the Lake Oswego Reads 2022 selection of "How Much of These Hills is Gold" by C Pam Zhang.

Organized by the Lake Oswego Public Library, LO Reads is a program designed to provide a common reading experience for the community. The library selected Zhang's book after a recommendation by the LO Reads Steering Committee.

As part of LO Reads, students are invited to use illustration, photography, digital art, poetry or a video essay to recreate a theme or plot point from the book.

Youth do not need any art experience to participate and submissions need to be submitted to lakeoswegoreads.org/studentart by Feb. 12.

Zhang's debut novel follows the story of two recently orphaned children of immigrants on the run, while also educating readers about the Chinese American experience during the gold rush. The plot is inspired by Zhang's childhood of moving homes often with her family.

"With multifaceted characters and an atmosphere brimming with foreshadowing, 'How Much of These Hills Is Gold' will keep any reader eager to turn to the next page," said LO Reads Steering Committee member and Lake Oswego High School sophomore Samuel Bohn in a press release.

The library will officially kick off LO Reads on Feb. 28. Thanks to a grant from the Friends of the Lake Oswego Library, 800 free novels will be distributed to Lake Oswego Public Library cardholders.

Zhang will visit Lakeridge High School Friday, April 29, to talk with the community about her book.


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