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Local high school student writes book to benefit Woods Humane Society

Posted at 9:46 PM, Feb 20, 2019

An Arroyo Grande High School student is a published author, and you can now find her book on Amazon.

Jordyn Poelking wrote a children’s book called “Finding Joy.”

It tells the story of a woman named Sally who loses her cat, named Joy.

“She leaves the house to go find Joy, and she finds so much more than her cat. She finds true happiness and love and actual joy,” said Poelking.

Jordyn Poelking

Poelking wrote the story a couple of years ago when she was a student at Shell Beach Elementary School. “I wrote an essay, and I showed it to my family and friends, and we all joked about how it would actually become a book, and so we showed it to our family friend, a local artist, and he brought my vision to life. It was a long two-year journey, but I’m so happy to see that it’s actually published,” said Poelking.

That artist was Steve Kalar who is from San Miguel. He’s known for creating murals on the Central Coast, and his artwork has been featured at some Paso Robles wineries.

Poelking says his artistic style helped elevate her book.

“I always struggled to find a book that I could engage in and find interesting when I was younger, so I decided to make ‘Finding Joy’ with bright colors that would actually pop and engage all the young readers, so hopefully they can find their own joy,” said Poelking.

Finding Joy

The book costs $19.95 for a paperback copy on Amazon. It is also available for Kindle devices.

“Seeing my name on Amazon is really shocking, but I’m really excited to see where it may take me and hopefully the young readers will be able to read it,” said Poelking.

Poelking grew up working with Woods Humane Society. A portion of the book proceeds will benefit the animal shelter.

To purchase a copy of Poelking’s book, click here.