West Virginia native Hilary Kinney is a force. She runs the Holler: Voices of WV Women podcast, is Miss Kanawha Valley 2018 at Miss West Virginia Scholarship Organization, and is a Regional Coordinator at Inspire West Virginia, an organization focused on registering high school students to vote.
On top of that impressive list, she has recently added self-publishing author!
Her book, Penelope’s Petition, follows 11-year old Penelope, and her friend, Alex, as they attempt to save their local park.
From a feature article in the Wheeling Intelligencer about Hilary and the book:
“Hilary Kinney hopes a book she’s written will get young people excited about civic engagement and their government.
The John Marshall High School and West Virginia University graduate recently started a Kickstarter campaign for her new children’s book, “Penelope’s Petition.” The story follows 11-year-old Penelope and her friend, Alex, as they attempt to save their local park.
In the story, East End Park, a place Kinney remembers from her own childhood in Moundsville, is being shut down by the town’s local government. Penelope decides she wants to defend the park. After learning about the First Amendment in class, she drafts a petition looking for others to sympathize with her.
By the end of the book, Penelope has an opportunity to sit in on a city council meeting where she successfully presents the petition. The book aims to promote messages of team work, First Amendments rights and civic health and responsibility.”
Hilary is incredibly passionate about supporting each and every person in using their voice for change, and is looking to use this book as a tool to inspire West Virginia’s youth to do just that.
Hilary’s Kickstarter fundraiser ended recently and raised $6,595 – $1,500 beyond her original goal. The people have spoken, and they want Penelope’s Petition!
Penelope’s Petition will be available on Amazon starting in August. Hilary is also working hard to get the book into local West Virginia libraries (Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in supporting this initiative!).