In a time of hand-held video games and smartphones with streaming video, 13-year-old Ladavia prefers the refuge found in an old-fashioned ink-on-paper book.
“If I don’t want to go outside and just be lazy, I read,” she says. “It takes you to another world.”
The eighth-grader says she likes the “Twilight” series of vampire-themed fantasy romance novels and the romance novels of author Nicholas Sparks.
Her preference for romance extends to movies, she says.
“I don’t like scary movies,” Ladavia says.
Ladavia doesn’t just consume art, she creates it, too. She loves to draw in the subdued blacks and grays of pencil and in the bold colors of street art.
“I like graffiti – that’s my favorite art,” she says.
But, don’t get the impression Ladavia is a couch potato.
“I want to go skydiving,” she says. “I want to go bungee jumping.”
For now, she gets her thrills skateboarding. During a lesson with Timothy Ward, program director of the youth program Skate After School, Ladavia zipped down ramps at a Gilbert skate park and she learned a couple of new tricks, too.
She is learning at school, too.
“My grades are pretty good,” she says, adding “I actually love my school.”
Ladavia says she is already looking forward to going to college.
Being part of a forever family will help her reach that goal, she says.
“I don’t care what sort of forever family I have as long as they like me for who I am.”
For more information about Ladavia, please contact Brianna Rossi at (602) 930-4601 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.