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ELLEN AND THE THREE PREDICTIONS

BY ALAYNE SMITH

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I look down at her predictions for me. There are three:

She will be an advocate for the beauty. . .

She will find the soldier. . .

She will foil a dictator. . .

Ellen and the Three Predictions, details the life of eighteen-year-old Ellen Jones and the predictions of Old Luella, a seer in the small town of Marshall, Alabama whose predictions Ellen reads after her mother's unexpected death. The predictions seem far-fetched to young Ellen but throughout this book, the reader will learn far before Ellen, just how significant her role in the lives of those she loves will be.

Through the political and social changes of the early 1960s, Ellen, a budding journalist, comes to terms with her role in the world as she encounters each of Old Luella's predictions. These encounters take her through the social taboos of Callendar Plantation, Alabama - to the promise of love and a career in Miami - and finally, to a daring rescue in Castro's Cuba.

Ellen's Notebook is carefully prepared as she becomes more passionate about the career and responsibility of journalism. Introducing readers to life in the early 1960's mirroring much of today's complex social climate.