Jen, Emma, and Kendall are three best friends who have
known each other since they were toddlers. While
sitting in the nurse’s office, Jen overhears a girl say that
she has been “high all day.” Concerned and a bit judgmental, she shares this information with her two best
friends. After some sleuthing, the girls find the name of
the “High Girl.” They try to find her so they can talk to
her about her drug problem. When they eventually
meet her, the girls are shocked to learn about her secret.
Praise for G-R-E-E-N-E
“Aldrete’s novel is a relevant and well-intended cautionary tale for young readers about misunderstandings and being quick to judge. The misunderstanding that sparks the conflict is cleverly executed.” – The BookLife Prize
“Elaine Clark Aldrete creates a true-to-life story peopled with young characters who have realistic strengths and foibles. Woven throughout the central mystery of G-R-E-E-N-E are the themes of friendship, integrity, and acceptance. As the story unfolds and the mystery is resolved, both the main character, Jen, and the reader are gently taught an important lesson regarding one of the major leading causes of death in America. Aldrete’s storytelling is top notch — never moralistic, always genuine — making G-R-E-E-N-E a truly standout novel.” Robin Kent, Ed.D., California Lutheran University
Elaine Clark Aldrete was born in Claremont, New Hampshire, lived for many years in Santa Paula, California, and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.
A dedicated mother, wife, businessperson, and instructor, she became an avid volunteer in Ventura County, California. She served as a board director for the nonprofits Diabetes Explorer Educational Foundation, Inc. and Grants to You. She also volunteered for the latter nonprofit as an instructor and Ventura County director.
In 2012 Elaine founded Teaching Life Choices, Inc., a nonprofit devoted to captivating and engaging the minds of children to learn, have fun and make good life choices. To learn more, go to http://www.teachinglifechoices.org.
G-R-E-E-N-E is her debut middle-grade book.
Children’s Book Available Now
At the age of 5 Jacob discovers that his Grandfather (Papa) has Type 2 Diabetes. He doesn’t understand the meaning of the word and fears that it means his Papa may die. Realizing that other children may have the same misunderstanding; this work is meant to quell that fear. It is written at the 3rd grade reading level. The activity pages at the end of the book are meant to help the reader remember the lessons learned from the story.