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Author Soman Chainani Visits BCMS

Soman Chainani visited Bala Cynwyd Middle School on Friday, May 5, 2023. During an all-school assembly at the conclusion of PSSA testing, the filmmaker and author of "The School for Good and Evil" series shared his personal story, urged students to think critically about heroes and villains, and gave students a glimpse into his latest book, "Fall of the School for Good and Evil."

Using examples from well-known Disney movies, Chainani urged the students to consider characters who take control of their destinies as true heroes and showed them how to look beyond the superficial in taking stock of others.

Together, Chainani's books have sold more than 3.5 million copies, been translated into 32 languages and have been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 44 weeks. 

A graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, Chainani has been nominated for the Waterstone Prize for Children’s Literature, been named to the Out100, and also received the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship.

A slide show of images from the author's visit is available below: 


Students listen during the assembly
Author Soman Chainani speaks into a microphone during the assembly
BCMS students in their seats during the assembly
Students seated in the auditorium during the assembly
BCMS students listen during the assembly
The author stands in front of the logo for his publishing house on the screen
A scene from the author's movie shows on a screen
BCMS students listen during the assembly
Students clap and raise hands indicating they've reach the author's books.
Students watch the author's film trailer
The author shows a trailer for his Netflix film
A student looks at a book prior to the start of the assembly
BCMS students listen as the author speaks
The author stands in front of a screen with his book cover on it
Students in their seats listen during the presentation
The author leans on the front of the stage, watching a video on the screen
The author speaks into a microphone in front of a screen with images of Disney characters
Images on a screen show the author's book covers
BCMS students listen to the author
A screen filled with images of Disney heroes and villains