Photographic Collage by Alyshia Hull ~ Thank you Alyshia!
Alyshia is the author of two books. Her first, A Thousand Miles, is about an eighth grade girl’s struggles, adventures, and victory over learning disabilities and change. I enjoyed this book and could see some of my former students nestled within the covers of this fictional story.
Getting to know Alyshia over the past year or so has heightened my love of this book and its deeper meaning. Alyshia’s heroin prevails in the end and so did she by seeking and obtaining publication of this book. A Young Adult book even an adult would enjoy reading.
It’s an intriguing teaser for the book, isn’t it? I think so and it also has one word in it that slowed my desire to read it right away, “visionary”. If you have read Where’s Heidi? One Sister’s Journey or heard me speak; you know I wrestled with the sin of seeking psychics instead of seeking God. I know Miss Alyshia personally, and adore her and it’s for this reason I made sure I read the book.
While this genre or subject is not one I read, once I was a few chapters in, I wanted to find out what was going to happen to Gracie and if the story would end well. I won’t tell you how the story ends but I’ll say this, once you reach a certain part towards the middle of the book, you can’t put it down. My husband, Ed, had to fill my coffee for me because I didn’t want to stop reading long enough to walk to the kitchen.
If you are a paranormal reader, you might enjoy a lighter read in your genre. Miss Alyshia writes with heart and tackles a difficult and sensitive subject using Gracie’s kidnapping to leave you hopeful at the end of the book. Alyshia also does a variety of book speeches at local libraries. So if you are looking for the Young Adult book to spur a young reader on or a teen author to come and speak at your school or library, connect with Alyshia Hull. She’s taught writing classes too. This girl is using her gift to write to encourage other young aspiring writers while investing in her community.
“Taylor, it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. I don’t care if you’re four years old or ninety-seven. If you have a gift, it’s there, no matter what…” From Alyshia Hull’s The Visionary
Thank you Alyshia Hull for reminding us, young or old, it is possibly to reach our goals if we strive to reach them and never give up!
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323