Paducah authors who won spots in the 2011 Travel Writing and Photography Workshop in New Orleans contributed to this collection of teen travel tales include Meg Hancock, Shelbe Overby and Maddie Ybarzabal.
During their 8-day stay in the French Quarter, each of these talented teens covered their chosen beats with grace and style. Congratulations, ladies, on your debut as published authors!
Meg's passion for history inspired the four pieces she penned. From Congo Square to the National World War II Museum to chef John Besh's Restaurant Domenica where she spent a day working and dining, her stories bring the history of America's oldest city to life. Her story "Love and War" is a romantic tribute that weaves the wartime love story of her great-grandparents with the heroic tale shared with her by a museum volunteer and WWII veteran of Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima, Mr. Bert Stolier. Meg's words resonate with all who cherish family, romance and America's greatest generation.
Shelbe, the "Diva in Training," brought her special brand of glam and sauciness to her assignments. Tasked with profiling the many attractions for children in the Crescent City, Shelbe's pieces take readers from the unending fun of the Louisiana Children's Museum to the fantasy world depicted in City Park's Storyland to the carousels, roller coaster and unlimited exuberance of the adjacent amusement park. And her afternoon and evening on the town with Anais St. John as a true Diva-in-Training will appeal to any teen-aged girl with an eye for fashion who longs to sip Shirley Temples in some of the most glamorous spots in America's Most European City.
Maddie spent the week in pursuit of her two passions: food and art. Daughter of a New Orleans born dad, this girl knows her way around both Creole and Cajun kitchens. Her "Tweeny Tastes" takes readers on a mouth-watering journey highlighted by pralines, red beans and rice, Zapps, gumbo and more. And amid her culinary adventures, Maddie found inspiration for her art aspirations as well. Spend a day with her as she shadows Fifi Laughlin, a New Orleans glass artist with a national following. Maddie makes readers feel the fiery heat of Ms. Laughlin's workplace, Studio Inferno that is located downriver from the French Quarter in the Bywater. And during her stroll through City Park's renowned sculpture garden, she captured a quirky blue dog, a colossal steel safety pin and a poignant tribute to Hurricane Katrina victims titled "Too Late to Help." Maddie's time on the two-lane highway through New Orleans' world of food and art was well spent.
Phew! TEENS TAKE ON NEW ORLEANS! is smart, sassy, and fun! And Meg, Shelbe and Maddie are definitely travelin' teens in the know.