Back in November, we (Kea and Melissa) got to hang out with the super kids at two elementary schools in Waldwick, NJ. We challenged them to come up with a character who was 'three-dimensional'. That is, they created a character and revealed it to us through physical appearance, what the character allows others to know about himself/herself, and who the character was deep down on the inside. We received some super responses! Here is one of our favorites:
Gracie Windler created by Ashley at Traphagen school
They say you should never judge a book by its cover. Such is the case with Gracie Windler, who most people would say comes across as a rebel. This seventeen-year-old native of New Jersey with the cute freckles enjoys wearing black and dancing She seeks friendships with funny, adventurous, silly, kind, and forgiving people. But don't expect her to agree with you on anything too often!
It would seem that Gracie is a confident kid, but between her fear of heights and poor academics, that might not be the case. In fact, deep inside, Gracie considers herself 'dumb' and lists 'courage' as her weakest trait. If you ever want to see if Gracie is nervous, look to see if she is fiddling with her thumb. That's a dead giveaway. Curiously, when it comes to crisis mode, Gracie will find a way to solve the problem. It seems Gracie is smart in ways that are not necessarily academic. One thing is for sure, if she wants to become a famous dancer, she's going to have to find some more courage.
Ashley says she has already begun a book about Gracie titled, "Grades". We think she has some nice material to go with in her bio on Gracie, mostly because we like that this character's biggest strength is benevolence. We hope she learns to use some of that kindness on herself. People are 'smart' in different ways, and we think Gracie sounds like a rather genius character in the making! We hope she finds a way to recognize that she is not 'dumb'.
Thanks so much for sharing Gracie with us, Ashley! And good luck with your book!
Kea and Melissa