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Young Author's First Book Aims to Inspire Others

Eye Has Not Seen, sixteen-year-old-author Henry G. Stratmann’s first book, opens with a page of acknowledgments in which he thanks his mother Maryellen Amato Stratmann ‘76, for teaching him to “Think outside the box.”

“That was something I learned from being a student at Notre Dame, and because of that, he chose blue and gold for the book cover,” said the proud alumna and mother.

Eye Has Not Seen is a collection of short stories written in the genre of flash fiction. Works of flash fiction are structured using 1,000 words or less. “It’s perfect for kids with ADHD,” said Maryellen.

The topic of ADHD is very important to the Stratmanns. “Henry was diagnosed with severe ADHD in first grade,” she recalled. “He wants to use this book to inspire other students who struggle with ADHD to use their God-given talents.”

While Henry was busy with the creative process, the young author received help from his mom on some of the more labor-intensive tasks involved with publishing a book. Maryellen proofread the stories and connected the project with a small local publisher, Starship Press (www.starshippress.com).

“I loved Notre Dame,” said Maryellen. “I couldn’t have reached my goals without it. Now that Henry is a junior in high school, and looking at Colleges, he is definitely going to consider going to Notre Dame College.”

In the meantime, Henry remains focused on his writing. “He almost has enough for a second book,” said his mom.

For more information about Eye Has Not Seen, visit www.starshippress.com.

Steve Ruic is the writer and editor at Notre Dame College.