Fifth-Grader Elijah Robertson Couldn’t Find the Books He Wanted to Read at the Library, He Wrote His Own
The Dallas Morning News reported that when 10-year-old Elijah Robertson could not find books that he wanted to read, he took the initiative and wrote and self-published three adventure fiction novels for his school’s library through a platform called Wattpad.
The 10-year-old student who attends Clara Oliver Elementary School in Dallas took on the project in April.
Elijah Robertson was inspired during National School Library Month to write his own novels to share with his school #library! You can find him on @wattpad under the name thewiseman777. We love it when #libraries inspire people! ❤️https://t.co/fXQSK6ot6r
— Parkland Regional Library System (@PRLsystem) June 5, 2021
The Dallas Morning News also reported that Elijah’s books are available on the platform under thewiseman777. Elijah discovered Wattpad through his younger sister Josephine, who gave him information and an encouraging boost.
“I wrote three books in one weekend. It’s online, so my friends can read them virtually,” Elijah told NBC DFW. “I looked at this fiction book once and saw that it wasn’t many pages and it wasn’t interesting. So I wrote my own.”
In the article, the lover of chapter books, horror, sci-fi and fiction also remarked that he was tired of reading the same books. Elijah responded by invested time in penning and publishing books that he felt were missing from bookshelves.
“Robertson’s plan is to share the books with his classmates in hopes of showing them reading and writing are both fun and essential,” NBC DFW also reported.
Wattpad’s website describes it as a social storytelling platform where writers can establish a global fan base for their original stories.