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One young girl has used her creativity to battle negative self-image and find the joy in reading–and she was greatly rewarded for her efforts!

Natalie McGriff, 7, took home a huge prize at One Spark for her comic book The Adventures of Moxie Girl. One Spark is a huge crowd-funding festival, and they raised enough coins to give Natalie $16,000 for her comic book.

The Adventures Of Moxie Girl is about a Black girl who hates her hair. However, after using some magical shampoo, her curls develop super abilities. She then uses her afro puffs to fight for literacy and save the Jacksonville Public Libraries from a pack of hungry monsters looking to gobble it up.

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Natalie wrote the comic book with the help of her mom, Angie Nixon. As it turns out, the inspiration for The Adventures of Moxie Girl came from Natalie’s own life, and Nixon was hoping the story could help her daughter feel better about herself.

“I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read,” Angie said in a statement. “She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different words.”

It wasn’t an easy path to victory for Natalie. Her comic book was one of 530 entries at One Spark, and the attendees had to vote on which ones they liked best. Of the 300,000 people who came out, 117,169 of them cast ballots. Natalie won by just three votes, but the point is that she won, further proving that Black girls (of all ages) rock! Congrats, Natalie!


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