Published Works

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As a result of their outstanding creativity, Ward Melville High School senior Michelle Pacala and R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-grader Katie Zhao were awarded grand prize in the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest. Michelle was honored in the 10th through 12th-grade category and Katie won for the seventh- through ninth-grade category.

Michelle’s book, “Sal the Sock,” is a whimsical tale about a sock who loses his friends in the laundry. Katie’s book, “Good Night, Judy,” told the story of a little girl whose fear of the dark and noises in her home prevent her from falling asleep at night.

In addition to the two grand prize winners, Ward Melville senior Samantha White and P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grade student Nicole Freeley received honorable mentions in the contest.

The Helen Stein Shack Picture Book Contest is an annual writing award presented to young authors in the Three Village community for creating outstanding original picture books. The contest aims to develop and showcase young writing and artistic talent in the community.