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Young Author Donates Book to Library

A young author has donated copies of her own book to her local library for all to read.

Ayla Anderson is ten years old, fresh out of the fourth grade at her Colorado elementary school. And for the past school year, she’s been writing, illustrating, and editing a book. Her first book, she makes sure everyone knows.

“Writing was my favorite subject, so I was very intrigued to write a book,” Ayla told CBS News Colorado. “I’ve always wanted to do that.”

Encouraged by her teacher, Ayla’s written “Rocket Rider,” an adventure story about a robot named Ronald investigating the solar system. It’s 88 pages long, a substantial undertaking.

“It took me a few days to figure out what it was going to be about, but it didn’t take me that long,” Ayla said of her book. “I just immediately knew I wanted it to be of a robot who had to be sent to Earth, and so I just went from there.

“The moral of the story is just to always trust yourself, and never give up on what you were meant to do. And for him, that’s going back to his home planet,” Ayla explained.

Now that the book is out (available on Amazon for $8), Ayla’s next priority is seeing that it’s available to any kid who wants to read it. So she’s donated several copies to the Aurora Library in her hometown.

“We’re so happy to have this donation! Thank you very, very much. I know that a lot of children will enjoy these,” Aurora Public Library Director Midori Clark said to Ayla.

The young author also hopes to motivate other young readers to perhaps become writers as well. And, she has some advice.

“Even in times if you don’t feel like writing, just keep on pushing through that because it will be so worth it in the end,” she said.