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Aux Sable Middle School seventh grader publishes book

  Aux Sable Middle School seventh grader Isabella Oliver turned two of her short stories into a full-length book that was recently published on Amazon.

‘Believe It” is about a 14-year-old girl who auditions for a play in Chicago but rather than getting the lead role she’s cast as the understudy.

“It’s about her trying to perform when she’s already too shy to perform,” Oliver said. “She has to believe in herself to accomplish her dream of going to New York and perform.”

Oliver’s book began with two stories titled “Dream It” and “Believe It.”

She wrote the stories as part of school’s Creative Writing Club, which publishes a book each year with student contributions.

Karen Bedore, writing club sponsor and Aux Sable music teacher, read her stories and suggested Oliver turn them into a book.

This is the first book produced by a Creative Writing Club student in its three-year history, Bedore said.

“It is just so cool to see a student be able to produce something on a professional level,” she said.

Oliver wrote “Dream It’ in sixth grade when she joined the club.

It took two years to get the book ready for publication including lots of editing, Oliver said.

Oliver’s book also taught her to believe in herself just like her book’s character Angelina LeStronge.

“The story shows how she can go places, so it makes me believe that I can go places,” Oliver said.

“I’m super proud of her, it’s impressive,” Bedore said.

Oliver’s book is available on