Business challenge delivers local author’s children’s books to Central Louisiana children
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / PRURGENT
Alexandria, LA, 1/9/2020 -- When local author M.L. Flurry casually mentioned that she planned to donate 100 copies of her children’s book to schools for every 1,000 sold, she had no idea what would happen next.
What happened next is that restaurant entrepreneur Gary Perkins and MPowered Business Ceo Leann Murphy decided to buy copies of the book, Never Talk to Ravens, to donate before Christmas. The duo then invited others to join them.
During the days leading up to Christmas, the self-named challenge team grew to 10 members and delivered approximately 600 copies of Flurry’s illustrated, intermediate reader to Rapides Parish second- and third-graders.
Pitching in with deliveries by the challenge team were Flurry and a character from the book -- Edward Jamieson Goodday, a homesick, globe-trotting kangaroo.
“If people knew how much fun this was, everyone would want to do this,” Perkins said, after listening to dozens of giggling children react to the kangaroo character. “And it’s such a fun story with a relevant message for kids.”
“It’s such a joy to be able to provide these books to the children,” Murphy added. “The children are so excited and we think they’ll love the story.”
Grade-level donors included: Gary and Sherry Perkins, Spirits Food and Friends (Lee and Tracy Guinn), Jorge Vilar, Turner Telco (Doug Goddard) and Wildwood Pizza.
Class-level donors included: MPowered Business (Mike and Leann Murphy), Lee Rubin, Glenda Stock Smith, Red River Bank and The Vibe Coworking Space (Heath and Katrina Nichols).
The idea for the book began when Flurry mentored a student several years ago. Determined to find a book that would interest the second-grader in reading and feature characters the child could relate to and emulate, Flurry began writing a story.
“We met once a week, so after I wrote the first chapter, I was on the hook,” said Flurry, who drew upon her previous experience as a features reporter, freelance journalist and columnist. “It was a great way to see what kept and lost interest with children.”
The book is currently available at Monday’s Child in Winnfield or online at Monday’s Child on Ebay or Amazon.
About the author: Formerly an award-winning newspaper columnist and freelance writer, M.L. Flurry has never crossed paths with a kangaroo but hopes to one day.
About the book:
For ages 7-10 | grades 2-4
In this illustrated, intermediate reader, Xavion, a boy with big feet, and Jamieson, a homesick kangaroo, help each other. This fast-paced book features basketball, carnivals, high-jumping, talking animals, airplanes, school and a globe-spanning adventure.
Flurry Group, LLC
P.O. Box 1054, Winnfield, LA 71483