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Huntsville Girl, 7, Gets Book Published

Usually people who write memoirs have at least a decade to look back on. That’s not the case for 7-year-old Aleesa St. Julian. Her first published book, The Day I Met Walt, looks back on a particular experience she had as a 4-year-old.

It’s a twist that will leave thousands of grownup writers jealous, but Aleesa spent some time practicing writing books while her classmates were spending time practicing writing their names in cursive.

According to the publisher’s website, the book looks back on a time when Aleesa lied to her parents and ended up in trouble.

“She immediately went to Jesus for comfort,” the website explains. “And not only did he comfort, he forgave and continues to show his love and remarkable grace.”

The book follows along as Aleesa learns a life-changing lesson.

Note: The Community Journal has a strict, no-spoiler policy. To find out more about the lesson, you’ll have to read the book. 

The Day I Met Walt is available on Amazon, earning the girl her first five-star fan review.

“It is such a sweet true story that demonstrates how much God loves his children,” the reviewer states.

Aleesa’s success wasn’t a big surprise for her mother, Terita. Aleesa could read by the time she was 1 and started writing a book at age 4.

Even though she hasn’t been alive for very long, Aleesa already has a grasp on faith, love and trusting God that evades many adults. While her wisdom seems far beyond her years in that regard, there are other times when the little girl shines through.

“When she gets to heaven, she believes her first question to God will be, ‘Can I have your dessert?’ ” according to her biography page.

The book is already available online and in bookstores, but the family will be having an official launch party on October 15 at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntsville Dream Center. 

About the author

Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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