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International Dyslexia Association Attempts to Break Guinness World Record

by Vaun Thygerson
Staff writer and mother of three

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) has partnered with more than 30 schools around the world in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record on Thursday, May 10, for the most people reading a single book in a reading relay across multiple venues in one day.  This extreme reading relay brings together thousands of children from across the globe to raise awareness and funds for dyslexia by doing what they struggle with most: reading.  

The participants will read The Sword of Darrow, a middle-school fantasy novel co-authored by Hal Malchow and his son, Alex. When they began writing the novel in 2002, Alex, then eight years old, was struggling with a serious learning disability and could not read at all. The family contributes all royalties from the book, which is available on the IDA’s website (, to the International Dyslexia Association.

Those interested in making a donation to the International Dyslexia Association to support the Extreme Reading Relay can go to Fifty

percent of all money raised by students will go directly back to their participating schools. The other 50% will be used by IDA to provide continued outreach to parents and support for teachers and their schools.

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