And Sometimes Your Kid Publishes A Book

May 01, 2017



This kid! This kid that drives me crazy more minutes out of the day then I sometimes even think there are, keeps me worried and stressed, that goes back and forth with grades and attitudes and levels of trouble
He did something great! 
He is now a published author. He is 1 of 66 authors in a book that launched on Sunday. Human Rights is a compilation of some of the freshmen in his 9th grade AVID class. This book was a month long project that started as a human rights writing workshop. With the idea to turn their work into a published book from his teacher, Mrs Darbois. 
Going into the book signing and launch event we didn't really think of the scope of it until the principal got up and asked the adults to raise their hands if they were published authors and there were about 6/7 hands raised (out of approx 100-ish).  
Then it was mentioned that the books would be on sale on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble in a few weeks. It's one thing to have a book available locally at your school but to know it is going to be available everywhere is an incredible opportunity and a great success, especially for Ben. I am super proud of him and as much as I would love to take any credit for how well he did I honestly can't, this was all him and all his work and creativity. 







From the USF St Pete site
"The publication of the book will be celebrated at a book signing event from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 30 in the USFSP University Student Center. The event, which will showcase the work of the student authors who will autograph copies of the book, is a collaboration between the USFSP College of Education, Boca Ciega High School, the USFSP Bishop Center for Ethical Leadership, Kappa Delta Phi, and the nonprofit Community Leveraged Learning." 

Special thanks to all the authors: 
Aaliyah Wilkerson, Abigail McCarthy, A’doshia Thompson, Adrianne Syluus-Pesc, Ahmoney Elias, Alanah Rivera, Alayla Hinson, Alona Shakespeare, Anthony Nettles, Antwainya Scott, Ashanti Marrow, Ashanti Taylor, Aubriana Shavers, Ay’Ria Webb, Ben Gentsch, Caleb Davis, Cameron Mosier, Carmen Perez, Cedria Jackson, Charnise White, Collin Holcombe, Corinthian Thompson, De’Ayzia Bradford, DiMario McKenzie, Divine Bouey, Dominique O’Quinn, D’yana Stubbins, Dylan Clark, Dynaysia Davis, Ekaterena Bersch, George Wamoff, Gervaris Small, Greirsi Andino Asenjo, Grether Rey Gonzalez, Ja’Kiya Bryant, Jamiesha Metcalf, Kaija Allen, Kiya Layman, Kyla Miller, Laila Metcalf, Lauren Schmitt, Leo Budo, Leon ‘Dre Rose, Lula Burke, MacKenna Kerrigan, Maximus Cook, Millian Garrett, Miranda Merchant, Mykhia Parker, Norea Jordan, Omara Obas, Paola Guanipa, Rebecca Welch, Rontonio Scott Jr., Selena Scinta, Stevanie Copponi, Tamara Bendicho, Tamyra Hadley, Thomas Foos, Tiara Hazlewood, Ty’Asja Scott, Victoria Hutchins, Zoe LaPiccirella, Zuriel Butler

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17 comments

  1. That is absolutely amazing! You must be super proud!

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  2. Wow congrats to you and your son! You must feel very proud :)

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  3. Very cool that he published a book. Maybe he will continue to write books.

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  4. What an awesome accomplishment. One that can easily lead to much larger and greater things in his life. I am sure you are all so proud.

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  5. Wow, congrats to your son! This is so amazing. The book sounds wonderful.

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  6. How wonderful, exciting & a glimpse into the future when more people are able to assert leadership roles in the world. Congrats Mom!

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  7. Oh wow! I bet you are so excited. She has accomplished something most adults haven't.

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  8. You must be very proud! I can only imagine what it feels like for you and for him. It's amazing and congratulations to you as well for supporting your child and helping him with his dreams!

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  9. That's awesome! Congrats to your son! What a lovely way to get a head start on your life goals!

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  10. I am sure you are so proud !! What a great accomplishment.

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  11. Congrats to your son for his first book launch! You must be a super proud mom. So happy for you.

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  12. Congratulations!! This is a really neat accomplishment, especially at such a young age.

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  13. that's awesome! he can do anything his mind is set to do. good luck to his future.

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  14. How wonderful and exciting! I bet you are a proud parent!

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  15. Wow. That is amazing. Congratulations to him and you for helping him get there.

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  16. Congratulations kid and of course to you Mommy. He is very talented and I am sure that is because he is surrounded with a very supportive family.

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  17. Well that is quite an achievement. I have always felt that we underestimate our kids at times

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