Valley native pens new book

Valley native pens new book


“From Tragedy to Triumph” by Christine Orenic-Ward is a revised version of her first book “Silent No More.”

She is sharing her story in hopes it could help others overcome and face the pains of their troubled past successfully as she has done.

She reveals that it is when we face our past, that is when we find true freedom and that every person responds to tragedy differently.

“Some give up, some curse God, and some are resilient.”

Christine credits some of her success to the people of the Mahoning Valley for their emotional support.

She will announce at a later date, book signings that will take place in Youngstown, her hometown.

James Patterson gives $1.75 million to classroom libraries


Classroom libraries from Sarasota, Fla., to Bremerton, Wash., are among thousands being given $500 donations from author James Patterson.

Last week, the best-selling novelist and Scholastic Book Clubs Inc. told The Associated Press that 3,500 teachers nationwide will receive grants totaling $1.75 million. Scholastic is matching Patterson’s with gift points that can be redeemed for books and other materials.

Over the past few years, Patterson has given millions of dollars to libraries, classrooms and bookstores. In a statement last week, Patterson said he found it “humbling and concerning” that so many schools were in need of such basic supplies as books.

Staff/wire report

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