Helen the Transartist

Twelve-year-old Helen Robley believes she is an orphan. She lives with two kindly, adoptive aunts until one day she discovers that the drawings she loves to make become reality. Helen is about to discover she is a “Transartist.” With the help of an enchanted ticket she finds, she is on her way to the East Pole, home of the splendidly fabulous creatures that populate all children’s imaginations——creatures like the Toothfairy and Cupids who are made real in unexpected but wonderful ways.

Assisted by two new friends, Helen uses her ability to turn art into life when she confronts the East Pole’s vain and evil Queen Narcissa and her legions of menacing Atcas (cats.) Helen also discovers that the East Pole is her birthplace and learns the fate of her parents, before employing an arsenal of unconventional weapons——including pencils, nail polish, and high-heeled shoes——against the Queen.

About the Author

The author, Anita Stairs-Oberlick, lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Alex. They have two grown daughters, Jill and Elaine. Anita is familiar with the stresses that today’s girls face, not only to fit in, but to be popular and attractive. One of her motivations for writing “Helen the Transartist” was to convey the value of inner strengths, rather than outward appearance.