Classroom assignment turns into book deal for QV GT Academy Student 

Young author Alice Harvey (center) is shown with David Sebek, GT English Language Arts teacher (left), and Abigail Priest, GT Academy Coordinator.

Twelve-year-old Quail Valley GT Academy student, Alice Harvey, is reaping the rewards of a classroom writing assignment after having her eBook, Time Star, published on Amazon Kindle.

Last year, Alice and her sixth-grade English Language Arts classmates were instructed by their teacher, David Sebek, to develop stories as a writing assignment. Alice wrote a story about a teenage girl, Alora, who is pulled into the secret world of the Time Travel Agency to help stop the world from being destroyed.

Sebek found Alice’s story to be so interesting and well written that he suggested her family consider getting it published as an eBook. The family agreed and decided to self-publish on Amazon.

During the summer, Alice worked on the cover artwork and made a few edits to her novella. The book went live on September 4 in Amazon’s Kindle store, and within a week had sold 28 copies.

“I was really excited to see how many people were buying my book,” said Alice. “I can’t believe how happy it made me feel.”

Alice has received many rave reviews on her book, most of which include requests for a sequel. Time Star has also become popular overseas. In fact, a school teacher in the United Kingdom used the book as part of a homework assignment to encourage her students to practice their writing skills.

At only 12, Alice is realizing one of her life’s dreams and hopes that her book will inspire many other children to pursue their creative dreams as well.

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