Trinity Barnes endured tremendous emotional upheaval when her late mother, Ashley Stephens, passed away following a stroke in 2014.
The pre-teen invented the word “sangery”, a combination of the words sad and angry, to help cope with the loss.
Now, the 11-year-old student at Burney-Harris-Lyons Middle School is using her book, appropriately titled “Sangery,” to help others deal with their own emotions and cope with their own losses. She will sign copies of the book on Sunday.
“I really want to help people,” Trinity said on a three-way phone interview with her aunt, Asia Thomas. “I want to really inspire people to write down their emotions and to share what they feel.”
Added Thomas: “I really hope that it inspires kids to write, and to begin to express themselves in a healthy way."
“Sangery” details a girl, based on Trinity herself, who goes through a horrible day following the loss of her mom. After everyone else asks her what’s wrong, she makes up the word “sangery" as a way to describe it.
The book includes a journal at the end, where kids can write down their own invented words, much like Trinity did, to help handle their losses.
“They can make their own words,” Trinity said. “You can just start writing and keep on writing until you run out of paper. Then, you can get another piece of paper and make your own journal, and you can start making up your own words.
“That’s what I want people to do, so they can deal with their emotions.”
Trinity started writing the book in fifth grade, drawing the pictures while Thomas helped write. The two finished by the end of the school year, and Thomas published the book.
Trinity is holding a book signing through Kingdom Kid Entrepreneur, a nonprofit focused on helping children identify their talents. Trinity leads the nonprofit and “Sangery” serves as her first project for the organization.
“Trinity’s a leader,” Thomas said. “She really inspires other kids by talking to them and coming up with different business ideas."
The free event, which is Kingdom Kid Entrepreneur’s first vendor event, will include free giveaways, kid vendors and entertainment.
The event and book signing will be held 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Graduate Pavilion on 295 Dougherty St. in Athens.