Local author and student Ariella Nelson is coming to sign books and talk about the process of writing her book What in this Cookie?. Join us on October 30 at 7:00pm. There will be snacks and light refreshments.]
In her children's book, What's In This Cookie?, Ariella Nelson tells the story of her allergy to tree nuts, how she felt about growing up with it, ways she learned to cope, and why getting involved in a clinical study has given her hope for herself and other children with food allergies. The book, written in first-person, is filled with Ariella's own illustrations. Through her words and drawings she shows kids that, "Even though I'm allergic to nuts, I still can do everything I want to do."
Ariella Nelson is a lifelong Mercer Islander and a senior at Lakeside School. In addition to writing and illustrating, Ariella has been a performer, choreographer and instructor for Island Sound and Island Girls Choir for eight years. She has studied ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap dance at Definitive Dance for 13 years. Ariella’s film about the oral immunotherapy treatment for her nut allergy won second place in the National PTA’s Reflections program (after winning first prize for both Mercer Island and Washington State). Ariella was also recently named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.