"Wags to Riches: Emma Lu" - Second Book in a Series by SILS alumna, Kelly Lee

July 3, 2014

The second in a series of children’s books about rescue animals has been published by Kelly Johnson Lee (MSIS ‘05), an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS). The book, Wags to Riches: Emma Lu The True Story of a Dog's Journey from a Lonely Highway to Love follows the story of the puppy’s rescue from a lonely highway.

A white Shih Tzu and Maltese mix, Emma Lu lived in a wooded space along a busy highway where she was nearly hit by a car. She jumped off the side of the road into some sharp branches that scratched her left eye. The book describes the lucky day a lady found her and took the ailing puppy to the veterinarian for treatment and then home with her where she was loved and cared for.

The book describes the happiness Emma Lu felt in having a loving home with a mom and dad and a sister, Kassy Sue, another rescue dog featured in Lee's first book in the series, Wags to Riches: Kassy Sue, The True Story of a Dog's Journey from a Landfill to Love.

The story about Kassy Sue follows the story of the rescue of the puppy from a landfill. An animal lover, Lee grew up with dogs and cats around her and adopted her first dog Kassy Sue while in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has given homes to several rescue dogs since.

Kelly LeeLee not only rescues puppies who need a good home, she also works to make sure animals continue to be rescued and adopted by serving on the Board of Directors for the SPCA of Wake County. She helps with fundraising and hosting events to raise money for the organization. She also volunteers at other non-profit organizations to contribute to their causes. 

Using some of the skills she learned as a student at SILS, Lee manages a Web site and contributes to the social media efforts of the Caring Community Foundation, a non-profit organization of which she serves on the Board of Directors that provides financial assistance for cancer patients in need. Lee donates the proceeds of her books to animal rescue efforts. Order your copy now at Authorhouse.com, amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com in print or as an e-book.

Lee was featured on WRAL.com News on Friday, June 20, 2014 in 'Triangle Woman tells 'Wag to Riches' stories. To see her interview, go to: