Trudy Spiller

Trudy Spiller

Children’s author brings stories to Sooke

Colwood author Trudy Spiller visits library on Aug. 24

Colwood author Trudy Spiller will make a special visit to the Sooke library on Aug. 24 to introduce her book Trudy’s Rock Story, and share the First Nations’ “ways of knowing.”

A Celebration of Stories: Author Visit with Trudy Spiller is sponsored by the Sooke Region Literacy Project, in partnership with the Edward Milne Community School Society and the Vancouver Island Regional Library.

Trudy’s Rock Story, which includes illustrations by Jessika von Innerebner, teaches kids what to do with their anger. It’s about a girl who – instead of lashing out – goes for a walk, finds a rock and diverts her negative energy into the rock, which she later buries as a way of letting go of her anger.

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“There are so many children who don’t know what to do with their anger. They don’t know who to talk to or they don’t want to talk to someone so they use angry actions,” said Spiller, a member of the Gitsan First Nation.

She usually ends the presentations by giving each student a rock to divert their energy if necessary.

“We divert that negative energy into the rock, hold it until you’re ready to give it back, it might be a few days it might be a long time, but always knowing the rock is something you can give back to mother earth and that mother earth will deal with all of that negative energy.”

A Celebration of Stories: Author Visit with Trudy Spiller begins at 11 a.m. at the Vancouver Island Regional Library Sooke branch at 11 a.m. on Aug. 24. It’s aimed at children from ages three to nine.

Trudy’s Rock Story can be found online at

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