Meet 11-year-old Ammaarah Wadee: Mzantsi's youngest published author

At only 11 years of age, Kingsmead College pupil, Ammaarah Wadee has nabbed the title of South Africa’s youngest published author with the distribution of her first book A Feather's Tale.

Wadee says that she has received an overwhelmingly positive response to her book and that this is making her reconsider her ambitions of becoming a medical doctor in the future.

It all began with a creative writing exercise:

Wadee told 702's John Robbie that the book came about when her teacher was impressed by a writing exercise that she submitted at school.

It was part of a creative writing activity at school, and my teacher loved it and decided to enter it into a competition online. By luck, the company called my mom the next day and said that they would love to publish it.

She says the book tells the story of a Blue Crane feather that floats its way across South African heritage sites and is mainly targeted at children.

A Feather’s Tale is available in bookshops and online.

Listen to the full conversation on The John Robbie Show:

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