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