The Halloween Plan by Claire Saguy
It used to be that publishing a book was a feat only achieved by the select few, and it was restricted to major publishing houses.
Ebooks have completely shifted the way we think of publishing. Anyone who can write and has some technology knowledge can publish via Kindle Direct Publishing.
Now, we can take it even further, and open up the publishing process to children. A child’s dream to be a writer can be a reality.
The Halloween Plan is a short story written by 10-year-old Claire Saguy, an avid Kindle reader and aspiring writer who is raising money for her school in Los Angeles. Schools are facing funding cuts all over the country. What a neat way to give back to her school and community.
The plot is a dilemma we all know well. Sarah, a 5th grader, has to go to her younger sister’s Halloween show, but would much rather go to her friend’s birthday party instead. Sarah and her friends team up to come up with a plan that will allow Sarah to come to the party without her mom knowing. The plan takes some twists and turns that could go either way.
The Halloween Plan teaches a lesson on the importance of honesty and good communication. It is a quick read, and the writing is quite good.
A great short story for all ages, and just in time for Halloween. Hopefully Claire’s example will help encourage other kids hoping to become writers to publish their own ebooks as well. The lure of technology could be a great boost for literacy.
This generation of children are pretty tech savvy. There are a number of children’s books on the Kindle, some with interactive content sure to make the story more fun and engaging.