The Globe and Mail | A photo of a girl on a school bus, a boy playing soccer and an old man reading a book in the background.
Read the full story The Globe & Mail | One day, the old man was reading a short story, and the girl was talking about how she had no idea what to write about, she just wanted to know how to get a book on her shelf.
“I think you should do something like that, you know,” she said, and he agreed.
They did a quick online essay, and a few days later they got a call from the author.
The book was in the mail.
“The story was about a boy, and it was a very sweet story,” the author told me.
“But it was just so long.
And I didn’t have enough space for a book, so I wrote this story that was so simple and easy to write, and I didn´t have enough time for anything else.
So I just started thinking about this.”
When the story ended, they didn´T have any other books, and their life changed.
Now, with her passion for the internet, the author is now writing essays for young people, as well as a book of short stories about her own experiences.
She said she hopes to inspire young people to take their writing to the next level, and she also wants to make sure that she and her young readers have a voice in the book industry.
“It is so easy to talk about yourself on the internet,” she explained.
“What is the next book you should write about?
How do you want to make your book stand out?
I don´t know.
I don’t know.”
In the meantime, the book, called The Girl Who Reads, has made a splash, and has received praise from writers including Emma Donoghue, Emma Donghue, Jane Austen and many more.
The new edition, published by Penguin Canada, includes more stories and features new illustrations by Sophie Walker.
It will also be released on Kindle and Apple devices this fall.
“If you want young people or people with disabilities to have a platform, it has to be accessible,” said Emma Donohue, one of the co-authors of The Girl Reads.
“And it has got to be done in a way that makes it feel good.”