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13-year-old student publishes first book

Read Pacific Publishing LTD announces the release of Dodo Birds Don’t Fly, the debut release by children’s author Paris Whitehead.

At just 13 years of age, Paris has been described as the next Lynley Dodd — the well-loved author of the Hairy Maclary series.

Renowned publisher, author and book critic Finlay MacDonald said, “Paris is very talented and will only grow as an artist and writer. We get a lot of unsolicited manuscripts of children’s books and I can tell you this surpasses most if not all of those, regardless of the age of the author (who are all adults by the way)”.

Rae McKean-Jackson, publisher from Read Pacific said, “Paris’ writing style and skill at such a young age is absolutely astonishing. She is certainty destined for a significant future as a writer."

Perhaps the dramatic beauty of New Zealand’s countryside inspires creative thinking — and not just the number-eight-wire type.

At two-and-a-half years, Paris taught herself to read so she could join her “imaginary friends” in their Hundred Acre Wood.

Since then, she has achieved academic success in literature at primary school and more recently at Intermediate School where she received the school’s top literary award in years six, seven and eight.

To celebrate the release of Dodo Birds Don’t Fly, Read Publishing is hosting a book launch on the 18th of February.


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