Alyssa Raffaele


Alyssa Raffaele is an award-winning teacher and author. Alyssa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona,and Master of Education degree from the University of New Haven, CT. Her certifications include Reading K ~ 12, Language Arts 6 ~ 12, ESOL K ~12 in Florida, and she is certified as a Humane Education Specialist with the Humane Society of America. She was the recipient of the 2007 Literacy Teacher of the Year award from the Sarasota Reading Council, and served as President of that Council in 2012. Her first novel, United Seventh Grade, was published in 2010.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Connecticut, and I spent a lot of time reading books outside, in nature. That's why this novel is set in the wilderness. I thought the seventh graders would really love to be outside, and it would help them discover the true meaning of freedom, and respect for all life.
When did you first start writing?
I think I started writing before I was supposed to! As a child, I loved having crayons or markers in my hands, and I would write on anything I could. One time, when I was about five years old, I painted my name on the living room wall! In second grade I wrote a story called "Jenny's Trip", which won Second Place in a story writing contest. When it was time for me to go off to college and choose a major, I asked myself what I'm good at, and writing was one of the only things I had done consistently well over the years, so I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, as well as a Master of Science in Language Arts Education.
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United Seventh Grade
Price: Free! Words: 25,540. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
A group of seventh graders are sent to an innovative enrichment camp, which turns out to be nothing like what the students or their parents expected. The students find themselves alone, with no adults, and no way to return to civilization. A series of surprising and humorous events leads them to discover the true meanings behind life and the freedom to learn.

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