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Hopes & Dreams:
Written by Courtney
Cover Illustration by Beth
8" x 8", 134
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Tucson Citizen - September
Inspired teen is a Published Author at 13
Courtney Williams wants to be president someday. "I
want to change the world for the better and help make a
difference in someone's life" she says. For now at the
ripe old age of 13, Courtney will just have to settle for
being a published author. Her first book, "Of Hopes
& Dreams: A Diary", chronicles six months in
the life of 15-year-old Elizabeth Rose Cavendish in the early
1900s. In diary style, Courtney's character Elizabeth writes
about life on the isolated strip of Canada's Prince Edward
Island. Confiding as if her diary were a dear friend,
Elizabeth reveals the details of her life - the mystery of her
missing sea-captain father, the death of her mother, the move
to the city and search for work, and of course, the romance.
From a teacher. . .
portrayal of a fifteen year old girl's struggle in the early
1900's is beautifully done. Readers will soon be gently caught
up in Elizabeth Rose's heartwarming life as it unfolds in her
easy-reading diary." Karen
Hall, Fifth Grade Teacher, Marana School District
Give your child Hopes and Dreams with
a book written by one of their own.
About the Author
After speaking to a sixth
grade middle school class about writing, Mrs. Garaway was sent
a manuscript titled Of Hopes & Dreams: A Diary --written
by teenager Courtney Williams. Recognizing Courtney's talent
and believing the story worthy of publication, it came off the
press at the end of August 1997.
What Students are Saying. .
& Dreams was exciting, sad, happy, and surprising,
When you read it you feel like you're there with Elizabeth.
Your story was a big hit at my house! Keep up the good
work!" Krista Irwin, age 9
love your book Of Hopes and Dreams. I
think your book is touching, sad and happy. Entertaining,
romantic; all your readers will enjoy, Of hopes and
"A modern day
adolescent has done a fine job putting her mind and heart into
the mind and heart of a girl living in a distant place and
past. Williams grapples admirable with universals across time:
love, loss, and human values. The Prince Edward Island
atmosphere she has created lingers a good while with the
Susan Ferris, Director of Public Affairs, Greenwich Public
Library, Greenwich, CT
engrossing tale told in the unique style of a young girl's
diary...rich with emotion with many twists and turns, a story
both suspenseful and endearing at the same time.."
Laura Bursuk, Ph.D., Educational Consultant-Reading Specialist,