Middle school teacher authors historical fiction book

Cover of Darrin Renner's bookA historical fiction book authored by Darrin Renner, a social studies teacher at Schuylerville Middle School, will be for sale on Tuesday, May 19 on the district campus. The book, titled “The Adventures of Silas Freethorn: A Puritan Tale,” follows a young boy’s adventure through a mid-1600’s North American settlement.

“A few years ago it occurred to me that I should write something that used the knowledge I built teaching AP United States History here at Schuylerville,” Renner said. “For years I had worked closely with the English department and read dozens of historical fiction novels to find books that could be used in cross-curricular projects. The realization that there were some time periods that had very little selection for historical fiction novels inspired the idea for a Puritan character adventure story.”

The book will be available for purchase from 2:30-5 p.m. outside the voting entrance of Schuylerville Elementary School, and from 6:30-8 p.m. outside the Schuylerville High School auditorium, where the 7th and 8th grade spring band and chorus concert will be taking place. The book costs $12 (cash or check only made payable to DJ Renner Books), with $1 being donated to Schuylerville’s Caring and Sharing. Renner will be available to sign all books from 7:30-8:30 p.m. outside the high school auditorium.

“It is exciting to see two and a half years of work finally in print,” Renner said. “I have been very fortunate to have a tremendous amount of support here in the school community from our administrators and the school board.”

Renner would like to give a special thanks to Mrs. Reville, Mrs. LaPlante, and some members of Mrs. Reville’s 2013-14 English classes who contributed ideas to shape the final version of the book. Also, a special thanks to Pam Driscoll who came up with the idea of coordinating a book sale/signing/fundraiser here at Schuylerville.

“It makes me extremely proud to be able to support the Sharing and Caring Program in this way,” Renner said.