If you’re a current subscriber, log in below. If you would like to subscribe, please click the subscribe tab above.
Username and Password Help
by Mark Cheffey
After a year in development and writing, Emmalynn Jones’ book is now on the eve of publishing.
Jones, a fourth grader at Palmyra Elementary School, was chosen to write a book through a special program and contest in the fall of 2022, and the result is entitled “The Tale of Kale and the Magic Red Book.”
It was announced last October that Jones, then a third grader, was the local winner of a flash fiction writing contest, hosted by ReadyAimWrite Kids, LLC.
The contest conclusion came about after Stephen Kozan, the founder of ReadyAimWrite, previously came to the school to engage with third and fourth graders to get them thinking about writing.
As part of the presentation, Kozan held a flash writing contest, where students were given 10 minutes to write a story, and then selected a student to have a book published.
And, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, the school will host a book signing by the budding author in the school gymnasium.
“It’s been fun,” Jones said. “I had a lot of fun writing the book. It was tough at first, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.”
After struggling to start the book, Jones said it went smoothly from then on and “actually came out even better than imagined.”
The book tells the story of Kale, a wise man who loves to help solve problems, but in his old age, has a problem of his own.
Ready for an adventure away from small town, Greenville, Kale is given a magic red book that transports him to Crazytown and brings him back to his brother, Buzz, and a huge family, one he never knew he had.
Kale learns about adoption and his 10 new siblings and continues to help other people, one discovery at a time.
What Jones hopes readers will take from the book are family values.
“It’s always a good idea to learn about your family and stay close to them,” Jone said.
“Ideas for the book came from a book her teacher read to their class and from her father who calls their house, Crazytown.
“And, I thought the two ideas would make a good book,” Jones said.
PES Principal Bridgette Auspurg said it has been a joy to watch Jones’ writing experience.
“It’s been a fun experience watching Emmalynn work on writing and producing her first novel,” Augspurg said. “She was excited and eager to get started back in October of last year, after being chosen by author Stephen Kozan.
“She did encounter some challenges along the way, but with the support of her family and friends, she overcame those challenges.
“The process definitely taught her how much work truly goes into writing a book. I think she is having fun with this journey and experience.
“We are thankful to be a part of it and so proud of Emmalynn. I’m sure she is going to encourage and inspire many other students.”
ReadyAimWrite Kids, LLC is an independent publishing company for books written by children for children.
All student-authors sign a traditional author/publisher contract, and all authors earn royalties from their books.
Kozan founded ReadyAimWrite Publishing in April of 2015.
In 2018, he founded ReadyAimWrite Kids, LLC, a publishing company for books written by kids for kids.
Jones is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where she is an alter server.
She loves to read, and her favorite books are American Girl and Kylie Jean books.
Jones also enjoys singing as a member of the Palmyra Elementary School Junior Singers and the church choir, and she enjoys playing softball in the summer and basketball in the winter.
She one day hopes to be a teacher.