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: