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RACINE — Creating the concept for its main character was a family affair, but the book “Flippy the Scientist Dreams Big!” was penned by 8-year-old Mya Gillis.
Gillis is in third grade at St. Lucy Parish School, 3035 Drexel Ave., part of Siena Catholic Schools of Racine.
Her book follows the adventures of Flippy, a unicorn scientist princess working to create a robot bug to cure all the animals in her kingdom so they will never be hurt or sick again.
Together, the Gillis family — dad Parker, mom Heather, Mya and her sisters Savannah, 6, and Gianna, 4 — created the character of Flippy to decorate a blanket they designed to sell online.
Then Mya set to work writing a book about Flippy to sell along with the blanket. With the help of her mother, Mya wrote the entire book in two weekends.
“She had the whole story figured out in 15 minutes,” Heather said. “I just couldn’t even keep up with her.”
The family business
Modest about success
Mya is not much of a talker at school, so she hasn’t told many of her classmates that she’s a published author.
“I felt happy,” Mya said, of when she saw the book finished.
Parker and Heather agreed that their decision to ramp up their online sales was all about the kids.
“Honestly, the whole business and eBay has always been inspired by having my girls,” Heather said.
Even though she has a master’s degree and would like to continue her work as a physician’s assistant, Heather said she ultimately plans to shift to part-time work to spend as much time a possible with her kids.
“I’d much rather build something for them and some kind of business and then work with my family,” Heather said.From: https://journaltimes.com/news/local/education/st-lucy-student-publishes-book-about-unicorn-princess-scientist/article_603bfaf9-3bbe-5abd-a835-2542b9343f9a.html