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Write on: Young author cited by selectmen

Updated 4:30 pm, Thursday, December 5, 2013
  • Sophia Garbarino, a Roger Ludlowe Middle School student, listens as First Selectman Michael Tetreau reads a resolution at the Board of Selectmen meeting, citing her for the publication of a novel, "Silver." Photo: Genevieve Reilly / Fairfield Citizen
    Sophia Garbarino, a Roger Ludlowe Middle School student, listens as First Selectman Michael Tetreau reads a resolution at the Board of Selectmen meeting, citing her for the publication of a novel, "Silver." Photo: Genevieve Reilly

 

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It was a golden moment for the author of "Silver."

Sophia Garbarino, an 11-year-old student at Roger Ludlowe Middle School, was the honored guest at a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, where her youthful literary achievement won plaudits.

Standing at the podium, Sophia giggled slightly as a resolution in her honor was read by the selectmen.

Last year, while she was a sixth-grader, the youngster took an English assignment and turned it into a published book, "Silver," about a girl who finds out she isn't who, or what, she thought she was.

"I'm just in awe," First Selectman Michael Tetreau said. "This took a tremendous amount of work, a tremendous amount of dedication."

Sophia said the book, published via CreateSpace, an independent publishing platform, "was pretty fun to do. It was a pretty good challenge."

She said the assignment was to write a book and choose the number of words that would be the goal, as part of NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.

Rather than choose a word goal that NaNoWriMo suggests for young writers, Sophia chose the adult goal of 50,000 words, and exceeded it, with "Silver" coming in at 52,850 words. And, she said, she already has a sequel to "Silver" in the works.

"At her age, I was afraid to read something this big, let along write something this big," Tetreau said.

Selectman Cristin McCarthy Vahey said Sophia should be an inspiration for children and adults alike, while Selectman Kevin Kiley said she was a credit to the community.