Educational Book that Will Make Readers Cry -- From Laughing

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Learn over 300 vocabulary words while reading this "side-splittingly funny" novel. Told from seventeen-year-old Davie Green’s point of view, this story is a nonstop joyride, filled with romance, mystery, and many laughs.

"Her sister turned green and sprouted antennae... Evil Frat Boys are about to shave her head... There's a psycho locked in her hall closet... but she has a mean vocabulary."

This comical novel has fans on the edge of their seats as they read about the antics of Davie Green and her younger siblings. Readers don't notice the "painless vocabulary injection" as they laugh along with the Green sisters. This book exposes readers to over three hundred "vocabulary words" in an easy-to-understand context, comes complete with a word list, and free quizzes are available on the website.

Davie Green, Vocabulary Queen was written by a seasoned educational author, Jessika Sobanski. Ms. Sobanski is many things: a mom, a professor, a multimedia designer, an instructional designer, and most of all, a kid at heart. Just as the Green sisters have a lot of fun, make a little mischief, and make their mark on their community, Jessika and her family have had a positive impact on their community for years. Sure, she never dyed herself green and sprouted antennae, but the future is bright. Jessika holds the Davie Green story dear because “Davie is such a strong, independent character. She is compassionate and confident. She stands proud amidst the chaos and tackles obstacles in her own unique way. She wants to change the world.”

As a divorced mother of two, Jessika would tell this story to her children. Ultimately her youngest daughter “forced” her to finish writing the book in its current form.

When asked how the story evolved over the years, Jessika said: “Well, some characters were cut, some added, but my best decision was to make the antagonists be neo-Nazis. It still amazes -- and disgusts -- me that these groups are out there. And I purposely didn’t give them a voice in my book -- they don’t get a chance to preach their hate. They just exist as the menacing opposition to the protagonist and her love interest, who is an African-American student. So part of the plotline is these two trying to prove that a popular campus fraternity is actually a neo-Nazi organization in disguise. And another plotline is their brewing relationship.” In fact there are several plotlines that weave together in what has been dubbed “a very Seinfeldian way.”

As for improving the reader’s vocabulary, “I didn’t want learning to seem like a chore, so I knew the story would have to be really enticing, and to me, that meant funny and suspenseful. I had the idea to write a story that used SAT vocabulary words back when I was studying for the SATs in 1987 or 1988. And I wrote something drab. It wasn’t until I heard a Spanish tape that told a little story by having one character speak in Spanish and the next reiterate it in English, that I realized I should revisit my idea. Only both my characters would be speaking English! And the story of Davie and her family and all their silliness seemed the perfect way to keep the reader engrossed.”

Though already a published author (many times over), Jessika decided to self-publish this one. Why? “I just couldn’t part with my Davie.” Perhaps it is that heart that makes this book so appealing.

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