Class project prompts fifth-grader Palatine to publish her own book
PALATIN, III. – A Palatine student is in fifth grade, and she is already a published author.
Shivani Ganeshan says it all started with a class project. Quest Academy teacher Darrell Maskell asked students to write a book based on popular fantasy stories like The Wizard of Oz and Harry Potter.
“It was a 15 week project, and I couldn’t really stop it,” Maskell explained. “The words were coming out of her.
Ganeshan worked nights and weekends to write what became his book “The Sign in the Smoke”. It’s about four normal fifth-graders who accidentally stumble upon their science teacher’s plot to destroy the world. Children must save themselves, each other and the whole world.
DOWNLOAD THE FOX 32 NEWS APP
“My mother read it and she said, ‘We have to move on with this,’” Ganeshan explained.
It took over a year of work, but the book is officially for sale online on sites like Amazon. Ganeshan says she was so excited the first time she ordered her book.
“I’ve always dreamed of seeing my name on a book, and it’s finally here,” Ganeshan said. “It’s just a great feeling to see that.”
Palatine, fifth year, writes and publishes his own book