"As Tripoli told Alexander's story, some students scribbled the names of his books on their hands."
Christopher Tripoli was just trying to inspire his then-12-year-old son to read some fiction when he introduced him to the books of Lloyd Alexander, a literary giant in the enchanted world of fantasy writers.
Now the mechanical engineer from Perkasie, Bucks County, has a mission: to get every sixth-grader in Upper Darby Township, Alexander's hometown, to read the works of the Newbery Medal and National Book Award winner.
And he's doing it at a cemetery.
Did you know that Lloyd Alexander's funerary urn is shaped like a book? I didn't either.
(ALSO. HOLY COW, WHAT A DREAMBOAT.)