On Sunday, a character in one of Isabella Watson’s stories came to life at the Boca West Branch Library.
It was an event for the St. Andrews freshman’s latest book, “Cooking Rules,” and Food Network star Nancy Fuller, a character in the book, came to the library to be a part of it.
“The minute I walked through the doors [and saw her], wow. It was incredible,” Isabella says. “She was very kind.”
The ambitious ninth grader welcomed her second children’s book on April 9, where she marries her cooking hobby with her love of writing to tell the story of Elizabeth Phillips, who deals with bullies with “creativity and girl power.”
Her first book, “Fashion Rules,” was published in 2016 and follows Elizabeth’s journey at a new school and dealing with the mean girls. Both books are illustrated by Kristine Lucco.
For “Cooking Rules,” Isabella wanted a real celebrity chef to be a part of the storyline. She reached out to Fuller, the host of “Farmhouse Rules,” who quickly replied that she would love to be a part of the story.
“I wasn’t expecting her to get back so fast!” Isabella says.
Happily, when the booked was published, the chef already had plans to be in South Florida and partnered with Isabella on three book signing appearances. On Twitter, Fuller called Isabella an “author extraordinaire.”
The two have two more appearances: April 23 at 5 p.m. at the Delray Beach Public Library and April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Hagen Ranch Road Library. “Cooking Rules” will be available for purchase; otherwise readers can buy it on Amazon.
“I want grandparents, parents and kids to read it,” she says. “I want them to know how to deal with bullying and get past that.”