January 31, 2023


Creating Possibilities

Mississippi 10-Calendar year-Old Writes Anti-Bullying E-book

By BLAKE ALSUP, Northeast Mississippi Everyday Journal

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — William Faulkner was 29 yrs outdated.

John Grisham, Eudora Welty and Greg Iles were all all around age 33.

But Atiya Henley was just 10 several years outdated when she released her initially e book.

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Atiya will enter the fifth grade at West Clay Elementary this faculty yr, but not like most — if not all — of her classmates, she’s presently a published creator.

Published in February, Atiya’s quick reserve, “The Mean Ladies: A Bunch of Bullies,” carries an anti-bullying message.

Atiya’s mother, Amy Deanes, started West Position-centered Excellent Publishing in 2020. The little publishing property currently distributes the function of 13 authors among the them, Atiya’s e book has been the publisher’s most effective vendor.

In accordance to Deanes, her daughter has usually been intrigued in writing stories. In reality, she wrote a guide titled “Black Joe” in advance of producing “The Mean Girls.”

The plan to publish this specific guide came about through a conversation with her mother. Atiya was participating in a match, and Deanes recommended that she build her very own video game or write a book that other people can encounter.

Though the reserve is not based mostly on a condition she’s personally experienced or witnessed at university, she’s viewed news reviews on the results of bullying. Atiya stated she desired to do some thing to help make people knowledgeable of bullying in an effort and hard work to help quit it.

“I’m really passionate of others’ emotions, and I really don’t like when someone gets mistreated or left out,” Atiya mentioned.

The 34-site e-book took her about a thirty day period to compose. Her mother both of those edited and illustrated it.

Atiya and her 8 classmates manufactured up the total fourth grade course at West Clay Elementary in the course of the 2021-22 faculty yr. Her complete course was included in making the guide, posing as characters in image illustrations.

“We have a really compact class, so basically all of them are best pals,” Atiya claimed.

The school’s principal, academics and pupils were being overjoyed to have an active component in the book’s development and have supported it after launch as Atiya has traveled to other universities and church buildings advertising and marketing it.

With a head start out on what could be a effective career, Atiya is currently setting up potential publications. She options to publish the very first e book she penned, “Black Joe,” in the near potential, and is now doing the job on a sequel to “The Mean Girls” subtitled “The Silent Bullies.”

The fifth grader has no intentions of placing down her proverbial pen. As an grownup, she hopes to be an writer and a authentic estate agent.

At just 10 many years previous, she’s previously midway there.

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