Cystic Fibrosis Patient and Author Writes First Novel, “Randall the Blue Spider Goes Surfing”


CONCORD, Calif .– Most 6-year-olds don’t write popular books, but Ryeson Bull isn’t your average child.

Bull was born with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that affects his lungs and digestive system. Growing up, he developed a strong passion for reading.

In April 2021, Bull and his mother Shana co-wrote “Randall the Blue Spider Goes Surfing,” an entertaining children’s novel that provides tips for dealing with anxiety to build confidence in young people.

“He started making up this story about a little spider wanting to compete in a surf competition, and I realized I wanted to record what he was saying,” said Shana Bull.

The verbal tale turned into an inspiring book with powerful messages on every page.

“The book is about a surfer spider wanting to compete in the surf competition, and he gets nervous. So his friend Chester, the caterpillar helps him with some simple coping skills that all kids need,” he said. declared Bull.

The book allowed Ryeson Bull to connect with other young people to share his story.

“We were so excited to connect with people. We made a few zoom calls with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation,” Bull said. “And I’m so excited that Ryeson is also a storyteller.”

Shana and Rysen have more books to come. Follow @RandalltheBlueSpider for more information.


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