Summit County sixth-grade author wins award |

Summit County sixth-grade author wins award

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Summit County, CO Colorado

FRISCO ” Not many 12-year-olds can Google their names to reveal pages full of links to their books, but Logan Weinman has a flair for creative writing that continues to earn awards and recognition.

“I’m always writing,” the Summit Middle School sixth-grader said. “There’s bits of writing all over the house.”

His book, “Max’s Ice Age Adventure,” published in September of 2007, has sold more than 1,000 copies and is available on It’s been sold as far as South Africa.

Most recently, he won first place in a Rocky Mountain PBS short-story contest for “An Untypical Day with Cantankerous Carl.”The story chronicles the oddities of a teacher named Carl who began lessons by scratching the chalkboard and “had us weigh fish guts just before lunch,” according to the story.

It scored him a chance in December to meet author T.A. Barron, writer of the “Merlin” book series. Weinman also attended a writing workshop at Lenski Elementary School in Littleton, where he learned some tips on writing and that writers “shouldn’t take editing personally.”

The idea for “Cantankerous Carl” emerged from a writing assignment in Brooke Carson’s language-arts class.

Weinman was one of more than 700 participants in the StoryMakers contest that included sixth-through-eighth graders from Wyoming and Colorado.

His mom, Sheri Weinman, said it was remarkable to attend the ceremony and hear the finalists read their compositions.

“The stories are so much more powerful in the kids’ words,” she said. “It kind of gave you chills all day.”

Logan already is working on another book with the working title “My Two Blue Shoes” that involves aliens, and he plans to make a photo compilation entitled “The Air of Heaven” to include “sunsets and all of the amazing things seen in Colorado clouds.”

SMS gifted program facilitator Julie Fishman said Logan’s an exciting student with whom to interact, and that in some instances, teachers learn just as much from him as he learns from them.

Weinman’s interests range from acting in the local “Wizard of Oz” play last year to playing basketball and painting with watercolors. He likes to read fantasy, science fiction and adventure novels, as well as others, and is presently enjoying “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

He said he wants to be a scientist or teacher some day, but that he’ll keep up with the writing and art in his free time. He aims to attend perhaps Colorado School of Mines or Harvard University in pursuit of the “challenge that my brain really wants.”

His book, which he wrote and illustrated with Jeffrey Bennett ” a children’s book author from Boulder ” is available at local bookstores.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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