13-year-old publishes her own book

13-year-old publishes her own book

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Grace Gerwig is 13 years old and has published her own 99 page book. She's now a celebrity to her teachers.

"And she was saying 'never start a sentence with and unless you're a famous author' and then I remember she looked at me and winked," Gerwig said.

She's also known as a celebrity to her classmates.

"At the time when like I first heard it was publishing it's like 'wow I'm going to be friends with a celebrity," seventh grader Isaac Fluhman said.

She started writing 'Jack the Jackrabbit' when she was 10 years old. Her inspiration came from a rabbit she wanted as a pet.

"If you get it published, I will buy you a pet bunny, and I still don't have a pet bunny, but that was my motivation," Gerwig said.

When Grace would finish writing a chapter, she would pass it on to her classmates to get some feedback.

"It even got to a point where I would make a separate copy so that they could make their markings on it," Gerwig said.

Madison DeVault has been friends with Grace since third grade and was always one of the first people to read the chapters in the book.

"I was anxious and like always on my toes because she would tell me what was coming, but I didn't know exactly how it would end," DeVault said.

Isaac Fluhman was in the same class as Grace when she started her book. He said it's an honor to have been part of it.

"It's a blessing that I get to do more than like some other people that are like three times my age get to do," Fluman said.

Throughout the book, Grace included some important life lessons.

"It's a lot of meeting new friends and not judging on first sight of who to talk to or make friends with or anything like that and you just got to power through and you can never give up," Gerwig said.

When Grace would stumble upon some road blocks, she had friends and family to help.

"Sometimes she would fall out of it and start into another story and I would be like 'hey where's the next chapter," DeVault said.

If you want to write your own book, Grace said:

"It's never too late to start, you could publish a book at 10 or 50 or 80 it doesn't matter. Just make sure you involve people in it so you have encouragement and motivation," Gerwig said.

She has a passion for writing and hopes to continue. To support Grace and/or purchase a book: click here.

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