Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


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.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


New Zealand Geographic: Photographer Of The Year Announced

Shaun Jeffers, has won the Landscape category at the New Zealand Geographic, Photographer of the Year awards for his stunning shot of the glowworms at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves! More>>


Howard Davis: Review - 'I, Daniel Blake' - Ken Loach's Bleak Masterpiece

'I, Daniel Blake' is a bleak masterpiece, a chilling and moving story of two people striking up an unlikely friendship under extremely adverse circumstances. It is both a polemical indictment of a faceless benefits bureaucracy that strips claimants of their humanity by reducing them to mere numbers, and a celebration of the decency and compassion of ordinary people who look out for one another when the state has abandoned them. More>>

Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news