'Young People of the Pandemic' tells children's stories in their own words

NEW YORK (WABC) -- As any parent knows, the coronavirus pandemic has been tough on young people. Now, a new book called "Young People of the Pandemic" seeks to tell their side if the story in their own words.

It's an anthology of stories, poems, and anecdotes from more than 120 kids ages aged 10 to 21 from all across the country.

"I just never imagined that this would be my senior year," Sophie Witherspoon said.

Two of her essays are included in the collection, put together by Nancy Nelson.

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"They taught me that this generation is extremely resilient," Nelson said. "They have tremendous courage."

Her grandson, Teddy Cooper, is among the contributors.

"It was really cool to see how many people all over the country had similar experiences to me," he said. "And it helped me feel less alone."

It's all about the search for comfort, comradery and inspiration.

"Just wanted people to know that there's still hope in the midst of uncertainty," Witherspoon said.

She lives in Dallas, but her personal ties to the New York area run deep. She is the granddaughter of late Yankees legend and broadcaster Bobby Murcer.

"I called him Bobby Pops," she said.

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Murcer excelled during some of the darkest days of the Bronx Bombers, then witnessed their glory years from the booth.

We met when we shared the same agent, the late Steve Lefkowitz.

Getting to know Bobby and his wife Kay enhanced my life beyond measure, and Witherspoon calls her beloved grandmother "Lali." She also pays tribute to Kay Murcer in the new book.

"I would love for teenagers to realize there are so many precious moments that you have with people you love, and you should tell people that you appreciate them," she said. "Tell people they have influenced you, and if someone is part of your life, you should let them know."

"Young People of the Pandemic" is available online.

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