Local woman’s first book was a best-seller, so she’s starting work on a second

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 4:26 PM CDT
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LORENA, Texas (KWTX) - A Lorena woman who wrote an unusual book about a young girl in a wheelchair and her visit to a zoo where the animals are disabled, too, is ready to write book number two.

Stephanie Wolfe’s first book, “Authentically Addie,” was inspired by her 6-year-old daughter Addie who was born with significant chromosomal abnormalities and lives life to the fullest in a wheelchair.

The first book debuted to stunning numbers in March, hitting No. 1 in two of Amazon’s new releases categories, Children’s Books on Disability and Children’s Zoo Books; No. 2 in the overall bestseller list in Children’s Books on Disabilities, and No. 10 in paperback for Children’s Zoo Books, ranked with the likes of Dr. Seuss and “The One and Only Ivan.”

The book has sold thousands of copies worldwide to individuals and even schools, which inspired Stephanie to go ahead and put pen to paper again for the second book in what she hopes is a series of four to five books.

“I love the conversations that are being started among children and their families. it really is an amazing tool to just to talk about,” Stephanie said.

“I am so excited to tell you that we are writing an “Authentically Addie” two,” she said.

Stephanie says the new book is already written and in the illustration stage.

She can’t spill the beans on the content but says Addie has been helping with the research on what she promises to be another great adventure.

“When we found out that so many people loved book one as much as they did and wanted book two so fast, I got right on it,” she said. “It’s so much fun to do the research. The place Addie is going, the characters involved.”

Stephanie said the second book will also have a focus on some different disabilities.

In the first book, the main character, Addie, helps teach readers about the zoo animals with different disabilities including a monkey with a prosthetic arm and a penguin with autism.

Other animals have heart defects of feeding tubes.

“Their disabilities this time may not just be physical,” she said.”

“We’re exploring a whole new realm in that aspect, too.”

The first “Authentically Addie” children’s book just came out in hardcover two weeks ago.

It is available online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Target and Walmart and may be purchased at the Fabled Bookstore in downtown Waco or at Spice Village.

She’s hoping to have the second book out sometime this fall.

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