Confident and kind, Flower Picker protagonist Amelia is not afraid to be herself. In 17-year-old author Olivia Marie Spallino’s literary debut, Amelia wholeheartedly tackles difficult subjects of bullying, heartbreak and disappointment in entertaining neighborhood adventures. As the story progresses, readers witness Amelia grow from her experiences and develop a strengthened sense of confidence and self-discovery. Although Spallino says that Flower Picker is a work of fiction, she does acknowledge that the novel “is not a true story, but a story based on true events.” Today, Spallino travels to local schools promoting her book and writing. “I’m very passionate about writing,” Spallino says as she describes the visits. “I could talk for hours about what I love.” With its positive messages regarding self-confidence and acceptance, Flower Picker is perfect for middle-school readers. It is available for $12.95 at And Books Too, The Little Paintbrush, J & R Educational Supplies, The Book Rack, A-Bryan’s Jewelers, Coccolare Spa and Teche Drugs and Gifts. You can also find it in New Iberia at Books on the Teche or in Opelousas at the Back In Time Café and Teacher’s Playground. The Kindle version of Flower Picker is for sale in the Amazon Kindle store. – Katie Macdonald
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.