Alexa Alonzo-Ortuoste was an English and Reading teacher for many years. She taught college students at a maritime school and worked in tuition centres to help children and adult improve their English. She is currently using her background and degree in Journalism and Development Communication to write fiction stories for children and young adult with themes on literacy, family and friendship. Most of her stories are inspired by her experiences in teaching, chatting, disciplining, and babysitting children aged 5-12.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Kidapawan, in the island of Mindanao, Philippines. I dreamed of becoming a musician when I was young, and started writing poetry and lyrics in high school because words and verses fascinated me. Then, in senior year, it surprised me when I was chosen to be the editor-in-chief of the school paper. Other than the editorial, I didn't really write a lot of articles or essays during that time because I was so busy editing submitted stories. It wasn't until I was in university that essay writing became my focus, as I realized that putting words together in sentences, rather than in phrases, was more interesting. Before I knew it, I majored in Journalism and got most of my inspiration from the mountainous physiography of Mindanao. There were valleys, rivers, waterfalls, plateaus and wild fruits everywhere. Up until now, ideas and plots usually appear in my head when I'm walking on a dirt road.
This is a charming story about a teenage fairy who helps people in a village called Eler. In this second story of the Krisena Short Series, Krisena and Princen guided his classmates and their teacher to Grih Forest where nature, and a little bit of magic, restored their motivation and energy after staying indoors during a week-long downpour.
This is a charming story about a teenage fairy who helps people in a village called Eler. Her magic has limitations and she wants to hide her existence a secret from people outside the village. When she meets a gifted boy and discovers what he could do, Krisena is bothered a little, and she wonders if his presence could make her flee the village soon.
The weather is just one of the unpredictabilities in life, and our young characters aged 8-13 deal with it in their simple lives as they face more important situations at home and at school. This book is a collection of eight (8) rainy days short stories about friendship, family, schoolwork and self-confidence.
This is a short story about twelve-year-old Hope Francis who experienced from a young age the craft of singing and performing. Without telling anyone, she began to write songs and thought Christmas Day was a perfect opportunity for her to perform an original. But Hope realized that doing so was different from singing a popular song, and that she must never forget the importance of rehearsing.
Twelve-year-old Carl Valles plants a row of potatoes and sells them at the school fundraiser. But things don’t turn out the way he expects them to, and Carl simply looks forward to the outdoor family night. When his mother fails to show up, Carl rushes home to check on her. Now he is faced with a bigger task to take care of her, and he has to make sure the harvested vegetables don’t go to waste.
Emma Chan must participate in the Read Aloud activity by reading a story in front of her new classmates. She is reluctant to do it but an old man offered to help. With his guidance, Emma learned the techniques of storytelling. Little did she know that a good performance leads to unexpected events, and Emma must accept them before she can conquer her fear of standing on stage.
Smashwords book reviews by Alexa Dagny A. Ortuoste
on June 02, 2018
I downloaded this book because the cover was very attractive. I wasn't disappointed as I went through each page because of the simple story and lovely illustrations. It's always a great way to introduce morals and values to kids through a good book such as this one. I would recommend this to my young students. Well done, Michael!
The Tea Leaf Fairy
on June 02, 2018
This is a simple yet beautiful story about a family. I was expecting the main character to add more magic into the human but I admit I was surprised by how the story ended. I enjoyed how the woman spoke to his son, and some lines were actually amusing. Well done, Kelly!