Student Feature - Christie's Writing Adventure
Today, we're highlighting the creativity and talent of one of our Grade 3 students, Christie. A budding author, Christie is excited to share her first published book, Kasey and Tom’s Magical London Adventure, with the world!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Christie and I am in the third grade. I have been at M’KIS since Kindergarten. I am very happy to be at M'KIS, which gives me opportunities to learn a lot of things. I've made a lot of friends here and I especially love the teachers here.
Can you tell us a bit about the book you wrote, Kasey and Tom’s Magical London Adventure? Where did the idea for the story come from?
When I was in Grade 2, we started to read series books and learned how authors wrote these books. One day, we did free writing, and I decided to write a fiction story. I started to create the characters, which are actually my brother and myself, and the story is all about our magical adventures.
I wrote several stories and the third one is the one I turned into a book. During the summer holidays, we learned about different places, their cultures, landmarks, inventions, and more. I liked London the most and wished that I could visit someday. I decided to put my characters in London for a magical adventure!
What was it like working with an illustrator and publisher to create the book and bring it to life?
It was great to work with the illustrator, Alicia, on the book. I showed her my draft drawings and talked with her about the ideas in my mind. We talked about what drawing should go on each page and worked as a team on the book. She is very artistic and we cooperated well.
The publisher was also very helpful. The publisher helped me to lay out my story and art into a book format, and at the end, my story become a real published book. It's like my dream come true!
What was your favorite part about the book writing process?
I like all parts of the book writing process. In the beginning, I like to plan and decide what I want to put into my imaginative story. I have chosen the book characters and sightseeing places in London that I love most, so Kasey and Tom can interact with them and have some fun.
And the actual writing part is also great, since I can use my imagination and add exciting details.
The editing part needed the most attention, and my tutor supported me a lot on this. I needed to read my story so many times. Of course, finishing the book was my favorite part! I was very happy with what I had accomplished. When I saw the printed book in my hand, I was excited.
Do you have other story or book ideas you’re working on right now?
Yes, my next story will be about Kasey and Tom having another mystery and magical adventure in Italy, where they will meet some musicians. My Kasey and Tom series will never end, as Tom and Kasey will travel around the world and have lots of adventures.
How has your time at M’KIS prepared you to write and be creative? What do you like most about learning and being in school?
During my time at M'KIS, my teachers have taught me to be open minded so that I can write different types of stories and be a risk-taker. This allows me to try new things and write creatively. In literacy lessons, my teachers have thought me how to research writing topics using the mind-mapping method that we learned in class.
What I like most about learning at M'KIS is the chance to wonder and explore. For example, I did a lot of research on London to complete my book. This was very interesting, because I learned a lot of new things and fun facts. With this knowledge, I put new elements into my story.
In school, I am also involved in Student Council, Girl Scouts, and musicals. I really love these experiences because I can share ideas, listen to others, cooperate with them, learn problem-solving, and practice my leadership and communication skills. Mostly, I have lots of fun!
What are your dreams and goals for the future?
Before, I thought publishing a book and being an author was impossible. Now, I can tell everyone that anyone can be an author, and having your own published book is challenging but doable. My next goal is probably to become a famous author.
I have lots of dreams. I want to be a popular YouTuber, a fantasy author, a violinist, an entertainer or actor. I wonder if I can be all of them. My current goal is to learn a lot of different things so I have more stories to tell in the future!