Finding Lisa, by Kathy Halliday Johnston | Dedicated Review
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The Children’s Book Review
Written by Kathy Halliday Johnston
Age Range: 7+
Paperback: 55 pages
Publisher: Independently Published
What to expect: Life Lessons
A book with a clear message, Finding Lisa encourages tweens to be proud of who they are and to be nothing but themselves.
Lisa has recently moved from the country to the city. In her quest to make new friends, she tells a set of lies and makes up stories that glorify her life. Instead of making connections, Lisa distances herself from the other girls as her lies are found out. After crying herself to sleep one night, Lisa dreams that she is a fairy. The dream brings Lisa clarity and when she awakens, she realizes that she is wonderful just as she is and that she no longer needs to pretend to be anything other than herself.
In a direct and heartfelt manner, author Kathy Halliday Johnston imparts the critical life lessons of self-belief, staying true to oneself, and always being honest. These are the life lessons that many adults wish they could have learned at a much younger age. By combining reality fiction with the fantasy elements of Lisa’s dream, Kathy brings a level of creativity to the storytelling that will appeal to both younger and older readers. An illustrated, short chapter book in a picture book format, the book is a quick and easy read that can aid discussions between children and their grownups. The digital artwork bursts with plenty of pink and purple and represents a group of
girls of diverse ethnicities.
If you’d like your kids to know that they don’t need to conform and fit in and that they only ever need to be themselves, Finding Lisa certainly delivers.
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About the Author
Kathy is an identical twin who believes everyone learns the same lessons in life just at different times in their life. She lives in Kitchener, Ontario, where she assists people struggling with brain damage and its long turn effect. She has a beautiful son and two awesome nephews. They are her inspiration when writing.
Finding Lisa is her first book. She started writing because when she was younger, the old saying it takes a village to raise a child was the case. She misses having younger children around and would like to contribute to the villages of as many children as possible.
Kathy reads and loves to spend time with friends and family. She would like to take this opportunity to thank anyone who buys her book. She hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it. Right now, Kathy is working on the completion of her second book, BEAR NAKED. To learn more, visit facebook.com/childrenbookswithlove.
Read our exclusive interview: Kathy Halliday Johnston Discusses Finding Lisa
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