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Alani M'echel WeathersAlani M'echel Weathers, originally from Las Vegas, Nev., and now a resident of Kincheloe, Mich., has written a children's book that has been accepted for publication by Ingram Books.

The Horrible Huckleberry Hex is available on Amazon.com and other store locations.

The story is a spooky multicultural tale about an eleven-year-old named Jordan Davis. Jordan's adventure begins when he and his family decide to go on a camping trip. During a nature walk, they discover giant mouth-watering blueberries surrounding the trunk of an ancient oak tree.

It isn't long before Jordan soon discovers that the berries he and his family have been gobbling down are cursed and could lead to dark fate more gruesome than any of them could ever imagine.

"I love to read," says Weathers. "My mother read to me often as a child and I remember the magic that seemed to leap from one page to the next. I couldn't wait for my next literary adventure. I was able to escape into worlds that were filled with fun, mystery and excitement!"

In addition to pursuing a higher education, Weathers helps her mother raise six nieces and nephews.

"My mother and I emphasize the importance of education and the importance of reading. You simply can't have one without the other," says Weathers. "We read to them often. They especially love R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series and Jonathan Rand's American and Michigan Chillers."

The excitement on their faces during reading time is what inspired her to write The Horrible Huckleberry Hex, Weathers adds.

Weathers is a senior at Lake Superior State University majoring in communication with a minor in public relations and a minor in communication and drama. She is a public relations intern for the LSSU Arts Center under Gary Balfantz, Dean of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences. Weathers is also a certified English and Communication tutor and an advocate for children's literacy.

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