El Monte High School Teacher Publishes Children’s Book
by Anne Donofrio-Holter
November 6, 2013 • 502 views
El Monte High School English teacher Alyssa E. Wright has co-authored and published, along with her mother Janet and sister Nataly, the Audacious Little Princesses, the first in a series of books called the Audacious Series. The series will follow the maturation of six young women, through age 18, introduced as five-year-olds in the first book.
“This book introduces these six little girls and quickly establishes the fact that they are distinctly different from one another, but within a great sameness,” said Wright. “They are the best of friends; they live in the same neighborhood and attend the same school. They are, however, ethnically different and do not yet understand that they have very different historical and cultural backgrounds, religions and political influences.”
According to Wright, the storyline in some of the books comes from the real life experiences of Wright and her siblings.
“Our purpose for writing these books it to embrace diversity and provide multicultural children’s literature,” said Wright. “We have developed a plethora of story ideas that will address the experiences of the little girls as they grow to become young women. Experiences such as the physiological and emotional transition from girls to young women, the discovery of self, the formation of dreams and visions, philosophies and opinions, and how they come to see others different from themselves; are all subjects that occur throughout the books.”
According to Wright, the books will also be about the positive evolution of self esteem among the characters and the demystification of any notion that there are limitations to the things girls can aspire to become and achieve in their lives.