Stella Batts: Needs a New Name

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  • Meet Stella Batts. She is eight-years old and she loves to write. She loves to write lists; like her favorite things and kids in her class. And she's writing her autobiography. Stella's favorite color is yellow and she LOVES fudge. As a matter of fact, there is a special fudge counter at her family's candy store because fudge is one of her favorite things to eat!

    But Stella has just one problem---her name. A boy from her class keeps calling her 'Smella' after she trips on their class nature walk. ('I don't even want to say what I landed in, it was too gross, so I'm just going to leave out that part.'). So Stella decides there's really only one thing to do: she has to change her name. After all, how hard can it be to pick a new name? But it's not as easy as it sounds.
  • Inspired by her niece, author Courtney Sheinmel began this series of children's books. Read more of Courtney's inspiration for Stella Batts in her essay for here