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Author Will Weaver admires a prototype of the Ali Princess, the vehicle from his book, "Memory Boy." In the story, the Newell family used the homemade contraption to escape from a Twin Cities suburb after a natural disaster. Members of the Pine City High School welding class built the model. From left, seated in back, are Allison Holm, Andrew Munsch and Maggie Griffith. Drey Lodge is in the front position. Submitted Photo

Weaver asks 'What if?': Local author encourages teens to read

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Bemidji author Will Weaver said he is about to round out a dozen books written to encourage teenagers to read.

"Memory Boy" is the fictional story of a Twin Cities suburban family, the Newells - parents Arthur and Natalie and teen-aged siblings Miles and Sarah - and their response to a natural disaster that brings the Upper Midwest to a post-apocalypse situation.

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