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Elementary students often are assigned to read books in class, but not every fourth grader gets to meet the author of the book they read.

Cathedral School students might recognize some of the people and places in "Dear God, I don't Get It".

Patti Armstrong is standing up for the written word.

She is a local published author, whose book is being read in this class.

"It's about a boy who had a really good life in Montana, but when he has to move, he feels like God doesn't like him anymore." says Erin Jahner, 4th grade student.

It's called, "Dear God, I don't get it", but students here do seem to get the message.

"I liked how it was a kid just like us and it was in the same city as us." says Erin Jahner.

"I like how in some places you know where they are." says Wyatt Armstrong.

Although it's religious, Patti Armstrong says it's a book that could appeal to all young people.

"I want it to be about the story of the kids and the universal experiences that we all have." says Armstrong.

Many of her children were home-schooled until high school, but you can meet them through her book's characters.

"They were modeled after my kids."

She actually wrote it 17 years ago, but got it published much more recently.

Luckily its theme is timeless.

"It's a great story just talking about we pray for things, we really want them to happen and it doesn't happen, what do we do with that." says Mrs. Kay Power, 4th Grade teacher.

"For me, I pray before I do things, that's kind of the message in the book is making sense of prayer in your life, but also that no matter what kind of writing you do, beginning in 4th grade science or history class, is to make it fun, make an interesting beginning, and even have fun with it." says Armstrong.

Inspiring future writers to think about the profession.

"When they see an everyday person can publish a book like this, I think it kind of shows them, wow, I can do this too, this is something that I have really good ideas." says Kay Power, 4th Grade teacher.

There's going to be a sequel coming out next spring, and Patti says she will eventually have a series of three books.

Copies of her book will be sold at Barnes and Noble and the Rainbow Shop.

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