BookPeople alumna returns to read from her latest book

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Author Christine Pakkala had no desire to write children’s books until she had children of her own.

Pakkala said she and her daughter decided to take on a “go green” project in which her daughter would walk to and from school each day. In return, Pakkala said her daughter was upset with always being the last student to school and the last student home.

“I thought to myself one day on the walk home, ‘is there anything good about being last?’” Pakkala said. “That’s when my character Lola Zuckerman popped into my head.”

Pakkala, a UI alumna and former BookPeople employee, will return to BookPeople tomorrow to present her latest work, “Last-But-Not-Least Lola And The Wild Chicken,” the second book in the series.

She said the book is about a young girl named Lola, who is always last because of her last name. Throughout the series Lola learns how to handle being last, make friends, and make mistakes, Pakkala said.

“Last-But-Not-Least Lola” is a planned book series and she said there will be at least two more books released. Each book will release in the fall of the coming year, Pakkala said.

While Pakkala is currently working on children’s stories, she also writes for adults, journals and partakes in freelance journalism.

“I was excited to be the winner of the Ladies’ Home Journal essay contest in 2013,” Pakkala said. “I’m also currently working on a memoir.”

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at BookPeople on Main Street in Moscow. Pakkala said she will share the joys and challenges that come with writing a series, and she will also read from her latest book, sign copies, and answer questions.

Reporting by Brookelynn Graditi