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RHS Teacher's Children's Book Will be Published

The Ridgewood High School teacher Louisa Luisi needed $12,000 in Kickstarter donations to publish her children's book "Your Best Coaches," and she hit her mark.

Enough people were that their donations have funded the production of Your Best Coaches.

By the close of the 30-day funding cycle on Kickstarter, teacher and author Louisa Luisi had taken in $12,520, about $500 more than she needed to publish the children's book.

"I am blessed that it was funded and overwhelmed by how many backers supported this book," Luisi told Patch Monday. "Being able to move forward is important to me, as I can now establish myself as an author."

The 24-page picture book tells the tale of a boy on a baseball team whose best coaches – in life, that is – are his parents. 

"The lesson is that if it's the high point in life or the low point in life, your parents will be there to root for you," Luisi, entering her ninth year at RHS, told Patch in July. "They're always going to be your number one fan."

The book combines baseball metaphors with watercolor illustrations drawn by Kika Esteves.

"It's really important to talk to kids about being thrown a curve," said Luisi in July. "I think we live in a society where a lot of young kids and teenagers expect a lot and then they don't know how to deal with things when they are thrown a curve."

Donations will cover the cost of printing and shipping, legal fees and the work of illustrator Esteves' work. 

"The book will go to print and be published in November," Luisi said. "It will be sold in some bookstores and online."

This article was updated to include comment from Luisi at 2 p.m. Monday.

MG September 06, 2012 at 07:32 PM
So Happy For you. You were such a great teacher to my son Andrew. Always so inspiring!!

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