Local 12-year-old girl writes novel
That’s the message that 13-year-old Chrishana Rodgers gives when she’s asked to speak at other schools about her experience writing a book at the age of 12.
“I’ve been going around to different schools and school districts and telling the kids their imagination has value,” she told the Ouachita Parish Police Jury on Monday night. “Basically, it’s like a person walking down the street with gold and not knowing the worth of it until later on in life when you get word that it has value.”
The Police Jury honored Rodgers and her father, Chris Rodgers, with two separate proclamations. Chrishana Rodgers was honored for writing her book, Daughter of the Unknown: A Concrete Princess. Her father was recognized for taking a year off of work to publish his daughter’s book.
“You two exemplify what happens when a father invests totally … into his family,” Juror Ollibeth Reddix said. “I thought it was so inspiring that you took a whole year off to actually discover and create the publishing of this book. It’s absolutely a wonderful novel.”
The book, which is available for purchase on Amazon, is a 220-page coming-of-age thriller.
“I want to say how much I appreciate you being a part of this for my daughter,” Chris Rodgers told the jury. “She’s appreciating it and she’s loving it.”
Chrishana Rodgers and her family will launch the book locally at the main branch of Ouachita Parish Public Library at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Chris Rodgers said he hopes his daughter’s accomplishments will motivate other children to take a risk.
“I hope it’s the first step in inspiring another kid that might have something on their hard drive, some book, some poem,” he said. “And they’ll say, ‘OK Ouachita Parish. They’re ready for me.’ This act says to those kids that we’re waiting for you. We want you to take that one step. We’re going to take 50 on their behalf.”
Chrishana Rodgers said the time is now for her generation.
“A little story could mean so much,” she said. “Do what you want to. You don’t have to be 28 or 55 to do what you want to do. You can start out now if you know what you want to do.”
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Read the book description on Amazon:
Somewhere on the continent of North America, there lies a mystical world unto itself called...Harlem. Among its diverse and proud people, and amid the hustle and bustle of the city's never-sleeping streets, we find Gloria. In many ways, Gloria is your typical teenage girl: intelligent, creative, athletic, and a bit insecure. She's tough and beautiful too; but she doesn't always see herself that way. She sees herself as no one particularly special; just another person out here, trying to figure out what this thing called life is really about. Anyway... One day, in the recent past, a misunderstanding with a teacher unexpectedly gets Gloria suspended from school. She has no idea how she's going to explain this to her dad. Little does she know, she'll soon find that getting kicked out of school is the least of her problems; for you see, when she gets home, her dad will share with her a secret that will shatter both of their lives forever... In Daughter of the Unknown, Chrishana Rodgers has penned a suspenseful coming-of-age thriller that will have you wondering... How far would you go for someone you love?
You can place “Daughter of the Unknown: A Concrete Princess” on hold today by click here. or calling 318-327-1490.