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Renovo woman publishes first children’s book

RENOVO — Being separated from her grandchildren for over a year due to COVID restrictions provided the inspiration for a Renovo woman to begin writing children’s books.

Patricia Cozzi, fondly known as Patty, will debut her first book, “My Friend Scarlet,” on Tuesday, June 8, at the Renovo Library where she’ll be signing her book from 5 to 7 p.m. Another book signing is scheduled at the Ross Library in Lock Haven on Tuesday, June 15, from noon to 5 p.m.

These events will kickstart the libraries’ Children’s Summer Reading programs and the books will be available to purchase in both paperback and hardcover.

When she wasn’t able to see her grandchildren during the pandemic, Patty said she started writing children’s stories for them to stay connected.

After sharing some of the stories with family, friends, children and educators, she was encouraged to publish, she said.

“This story will pique your intrest; wondering what happens next. The ending is emotional and unforgettable,” Cozzi says.

She describes “My Friend Scarle”t as a story about a young girl, Hallie, who falls asleep on a leaf pile and awakens in an enchanted forest. She makes a new friend, Scarlet, who is unique. One day a storm strikes the forest and changes everything forever.

“It’s a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book about love, loss and kindness,” Patty said.

She said her stories are not only fun, but also instill life lessons.

“My Friend Scarlet” is available at Pushing Posies in Renovo, The Bus Stops Here in Lock Haven, on Amazon in hardcover, paperback and ebook form and Apple Books.

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