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Dover Post
  • Eight-year-old Norissa Howard is having A Princess Day

  • Eight-year-old South Dover Elementary's Norissa Howard is celebrating the publication of her first book, a fantasy tale that's also grounded in reality.
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    • MORE ABOUT NORISSA
      AGE: 8

      SCHOOL: South Dover Elementary School

      HOMETOWN: Wilmington; now lives in Dover

      FAMILY: Mother Jakira; father Darrel; brother Edward; sister Darre...
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      MORE ABOUT NORISSA
      AGE: 8
      SCHOOL: South Dover Elementary School
      HOMETOWN: Wilmington; now lives in Dover
      FAMILY: Mother Jakira; father Darrel; brother Edward; sister Darrelena
      FAVORITE CHARACTERS: Peppa Pig, Lalaloopsy
  • Eight-year-old Norissa Howard is just like any other little girl: she likes to sing, watch TV and play with her friends and classmates. She also likes to pretend she's a princess.
    "She says she knows everything there is to know about being a princess," said mom Jakira Howard. "She said, 'I grew up as one.'"
    Norissa has taken that imaginary world and mixed it with a dose of reality with her book, "A Princess Day," which tells the story of how even a popular and pretty girl − Princess Isabella − can fall victim to people who want to intimidate and harass her.
    Writing the book was a collaborative effort between Norissa and Shirelle "Diamond" Hogans, owner of Radikal Publications.
    Norissa was at the Dover YMCA on Saturday to sign copies of "A Princess Day," and took a few minutes to speak with the Dover Post.
    Q Why did you decide to write about bullying?
    A Bullying has been around for a really long time and I want it stopped because people don't feel very well when they get bullied.
    Q Who are the writers you admire?
    A Dr. Seuss. I love him! I really like the movie about the Grinch.
    Q In your book, you show that even a pretty girl can be bullied. Why did you write it like that?
    A I wanted to inspire other kids to say 'Stop, no way.' If they keep on saying that, then the bully will stop and bullying will stop all over the world.
    Q This is your first book. What else are you planning?
    A I haven't thought about that yet. I guess I won't stop until I drop.
    Q What's it like being famous?
    A I'm not famous − yet.
    "A Princess Day" is available for $9.99, and may be ordered through www.norigrace.com. Norissa will autograph copies if requested.
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