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Turning Trash Into Treasure

Children's Book

  “Every child is a story…”

    A story that tells who they are and reveals the makeup of their life in words and actions. Turning Trash into Treasure is the story of a little girl with big dreams and a big heart for life.

Trice's coming of age story reveals some of the components of her life that helped to mold and shape her into the individual she is today. Her experiences uncovered the treasures that are within all of us. 


Coming of Age

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Self Esteem

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Self Confidence


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Turning Trash Into Treasure

Beyond This February, is a woman-owned independent bookstore that prioritizes Black stories year-round. 

It is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The mission is to create community with those who love, need, amplify and support Black stories year-round while building connections that help home libraries and historically marginalized communities thrive.

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Curriculum and Standards

Highlights - Children's Core Values

Point of View 

Descriptive Writing


Text Connection



Character Development




Plot Development 

Social and Emotional

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Meet the Author

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“My journey as an educator began with the ability to change mindsets through a passion to serve.” 


Katrina Johnson has more than twenty-five years of experience in education. During her career, she has served in a number of leadership roles, including Principal, Assistant Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, Program Director, and After School Coordinator (serving students in urban and rural areas). Katrina was instrumental in receiving a 21st Century Communities and Learning Grant that launched a program enhancing educational opportunities for students both in and out of school.  She served on various district and school accreditation teams throughout the state of South Carolina.  


Katrina began her teaching career in McCormick, South Carolina and later in Greenville and Spartanburg South Carolina.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from South Carolina State University, a Master of Education from Converse College and an Educational Specialist Degree from South Carolina State University. She holds membership in various organizations such as; The South Carolina Association of School Administrators, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, former board member of Ballet Spartanburg and Converse College Board of Visitors, South Carolina State University National Alumni Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., and a two-time Distinguished Mother of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated.  


Katrina enjoys reading, traveling, meeting new people, and being a servant leader.  She is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families by educating them on social awareness issues and has a strong passion for promoting creativity, resiliency, and the importance of “thinking outside-of-the-box.” Katrina has two children, Jordan Malik, a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, and Kinsley, a freshman at The Honors College of North Carolina A&T State University.  


Katrina attributes her love for reading to her aunt, Dot, who inspired and encouraged her to read. She encouraged her to read by bringing her books. After Katrina collected her books, she would retreat to her safe place underneath her grandmother’s Singer sewing machine, reading and drawing pictures. Her journey as an author began with her coming of age and being surrounded by people that encouraged her to write her vision and have the courage to see it through. It allowed her to once again see through the eyes of a little girl that had big dreams while riding in a big truck that held many memories while serving and learning some of life’s most valuable lessons. 



"This is a great book for students who need support moving into chapter books. Each chapter grew in length and created intrigue as the chapters moved along. Thank you for using this story to help kids see how trash can become a treasure!!!"

Stephanie Wardlaw
15 Year Business Educator

"Love the illustrations with a quick easy read. This can be used with students with the reading programs. 
Love the accessibility for all students. Would love to see it use the text-to-speech feature at some point. Nice intro to chapter books too."

Walter Floyd
US Postmaster, Father of Four

"I read this book along with my fourteen-year-old daughter and we can relate to the learning lessons within the book. I really enjoyed it looking forward to more!"


“This book brought me joy, happiness and tears! Every experience matters to us and assists to bike strong foundations! Thank you for sharing You were raised to be a Queen!”

Dr. Liana Calloway
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services

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Donovan is so excited about reading chapter books! He was very impressed and that there were some illustrations. Great book!

Young Reader

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"This is Ziggy and he wants to know if you could "Pawsibly" come read to him?"

The Golden Doodle



"This book is an amazing read! It’s relatable, interesting and fun. My 9 year old daughter loves this book for nighttime reading!! Kudos Ms. Katrina Johnson!! This book is a must-have!!!!"

Dr. Crystal Franklin
Optometrist and 9-year-old Kaylee


Donovan Glover
Young Reader

Tristyn Caldwell
Young Reader

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Book Signing

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Author is available for in person or virtual readings

KJLegacy Reads, LLC


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