Faithgirlz Announces New Series from Youngest Female African American Author, 12-Year-Old Alena Pitts


Faithgirlz is excited to announce a book series from its newest author, Alena Pitts. Readers might be familiar with Alena, the young actress who stole hearts in the hit film War Room.  Alena, who is also a model and a guest contributor with For Girls Like You magazine and Jamie Grace’s God Girl’s Club, can now add a new title to her already impressive resume: Published Author. The twelve-year-old is the youngest Christian African American female published author, and she is debuting her writing talent with her new series, Lena in the Spotlight from Faithgirlz.

“Honestly, it feels a little strange to have my stories published, but at the same time I’m super excited and can’t wait to see how God uses this series to reach other girls,” said Alena Pitts.

Lena in the Spotlight is co-written with Alena’s mother, editor and author, Wynter Pitts.  “My prayer is that while girls will enjoy the twists and turns of Lena’s movie-making adventure, they will also become aware that God has a unique plan and purpose for their lives and it will always include loving those around them,” said Wynter Pitts.

The series is a reflection of Alena’s own life experiences as she reaches for the stars and keeps her faith in balance.

“We’re thrilled to have Alena Pitts as our newest Faithgirlz author,” said Annette Bourland, Senior VP and Publisher with Zonderkidz. “Alena is a bright and shining role model for our pre-teen readers. She uses her many talents to share her faith and touch the lives of others. She knows what matters to the hearts of girls because she is one.”

The series begins with Hello Stars, releasing in April 2017. Young Lena Daniels never thought she’d get the chance star in a movie. Headstrong and determined, she has her life planned out to the minute. But when her best friends, Savannah and Emma, tell her about an audition for a part co-starring her favorite singer, she knows there’s nothing else in the world she’d rather do. And now that she’s gotten her wish, Lena finds that being in the spotlight is harder than it sounds. She got everything she never wanted! Her face turns up everywhere she goes, and everything in her life is flipped upside down. Lena wonders if this is a dream come true or a horrible nightmare. Even a visit from her best friends during filming turns into a disaster. With her little sisters—Ansley, Ashton, and Amber—and her mischievous pup, Austin, constantly at her side, Lena must face the challenges of everyday life while chasing her dreams of being a model and actress on the big screen. Lena tackles tough choices, learns the value of perseverance, and keeps her hopes high. She knows her faith and family will keep her feet on the ground and her eyes on the stars.

Hello Stars is available in softcover for $8.99 at retailers nationwide and online.

About the Author:
Alena Pitts is a young actress and model from Dallas, Texas. As the oldest of four girls, Alena first cut her teeth in acting through making home videos and dramas with her sisters, using their entire home as their recording studio. She has a natural love for all things creative which falls right in line with her gifts and talents. The Kendrick Brothers’ War Room marks Alena’s professional acting debut. With only school theater on her young resume, Alena jumped at a chance to audition for the role of Danielle Jordan. In addition to school and acting, Alena models and is a frequent contributor for the magazine For Girls Like You.

About the Co-Author:
Wynter Pitts is the founder of For Girls Like You magazine and the author of For Girls Like You: A Devotional for Tweens and You’re God’s Girl. The mother of four girls, Wynter’s mission is to empower and equip girls to walk boldly into becoming who God has created them to be and to provide parents with the resources and support needed to raise strong Christ followers. In addition to publishing the quarterly magazine, Wynter is a frequent blogger, a contributor for LifeWay’s ParentLife Magazine, and a public speaker. She is also the niece of Dr. Tony Evans. Wynter, her husband, Jonathan, and their four daughters (ages 6-12), reside in Dallas, Texas.

About Faithgirlz:
Faithgirlz empowers girls to joyfully explore, grow and proclaim their Christian faith. Through a variety of Bibles, devotionals, fiction series and products, the Faithgirlz brand delivers quality, relevant content that speaks to the needs of today’s 9-12 year old girls. For additional information and resources for parents and guardians, visit

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children’s communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit

SOURCE: HarperCollins

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