Olivia: Hello Imani. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Imani: I am a nine-year-old girl who loves to dance, sing, do art, play the violin, and play with my friends. I also love fairy tales, myths, and animation. So far, I love to write! I also love my new book!
Olivia: What inspired you to write a book?
Imani: My baby brother inspired me to begin to write and still does! One day, I was sitting on my porch and I saw my brother watching a show about planets. And that is who inspires me and why.
Olivia: How did you come up with the title?
Imani: At the moment, I was thinking of something fun. Like a party. That's how I came up with "Disco balls of the Universe".
Olivia: What inspired you to write this book?
Imani: My teacher, my brother, and my mother. When I was in third grade, I had an assignment where I had to write a poem for each season. Then, one summer day, I was sitting on my porch and my mom told me to write a poem for her. Then, when I was thinking about what to write, I saw my brother watching a show about planets. That's when it all started.
Olivia: Are any of your characters based on real people?
Imani: The main character is me!
And Venus was based on Venus, the tennis player. It was just funny that the planet named Venus and the actual tennis player Venus had similar speed lol!
Olivia: Where do you write?
Imani: In the summer, I love to sit outside and write, read, or play with my brother. When it's cold, I like to sit in the family room because that is where everyone gets together. I like to sit outside because I get a good view.
Olivia: What is your favorite book?
Imani: Well, I don't have 1 specific favorite book, but I do love mysteries, science, and funny books.
Olivia: Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself, your book, or your family?
Imani: I love my family a lot. I also love my book and so does my brother. I am also the owner of Magitots and I am currently learning how to run it. Magitots is an online store that features children's fashion and educational toys and books such as Disco balls of the Universe.
Olivia: Will you have a party to celebrate?
Imani: Yes, Saturday March 3rd 2-4pm at The Harvesters located at 54 Granby St. Bloomfield, CT 06002. Here is the event link.
Olivia: I am so proud of you, Imani. You are going to be a very successful author. You can be anything you want to be. Just keep working hard at school and building your career as an author and entrepreneur. Thanks for accepting this interview. Lauren Simone Pubs wishes you the best of luck!
Imani: Thanks Olivia.
Before 2017 ended, I wanted to review the books I received so as to start the new year fresh with all promises completed and wishes granted.
The first book I will be reviewing today is Danielle's Disastrous Days by Liza D. Osae-Kwapong. Liza is a youth author. She wrote self-published her first book in the 5th grade. Her younger sister, Jasmeen is also an author.
Childhood is no stranger to pain. As an elementary student you struggle to maintain grades, keep behavior aligned to the school's expectations, demands of extracurricular activities, and balancing home life (chores, siblings, parents, pets, etc.). Thirteen year old, Danielle has the sad experience of losing her father, Matthew Heart when she was only a few years old. Her younger sister, Beth barely remembers him. Her mom, Isabelle stuggled to maintain finances as a single mom, so they left New Jersey and moved to Columbus, Ohio for a better life. But like wasnt better for Danielle who had to face Martha, a mean, rich girl and missing her best friend, Nicole. However, with the help of Josh and some new friends, she finds a way to build a new, enriching life and overcome the obstacles in her way. Martha is running for student government and everyone is afraid to face her. But Danielle goes against her. Find out what happends in Danielle's Disastrous Days sold on Amazon in print and kindle formats. This book is an inspiring story to teach children persistence, honesty, and the power of friendship.
It's back to school season and vacations have come to an end. But we can still reminisce! Vacations can be awesome things- sight-seeing, learning a new language or social norms, trying new foods, staying on an activity filled resort, laying by the beach or pool and getting tanned for example.
But sometimes horrible things happen unexpectedly. It can be from anywhere like forgetting your passport, missing your flight, being delayed at the airport for hours, being a target of discrimination, losing your luggage, staying at a place that looks nothing like it was described or getting ill during the trip. My family loves to travel. We tend to have pretty smooth, relaxing and fun vacations. So, when we were offered Vacation Mix Up, written by Jazmeen E., we were excited to read about their vacation and learn where they went. We couldn’t wait to learn what was the mix up?
In Vacation Mix Up, we meet 4 high school friends who are sophomores and seem well off financially. They are traveling unsupervised to NY, when they discover they took the wrong flight and end up somewhere else. Lucky for them they have the means to book a resort and make the best of their trip. Each day brings new and exciting adventures. In each chapter, we learn more about the characters: Jazmeen, Martha, Elizabeth, and Abby. Jazmeen is the main character, who is really smart, kind, responsible, and mature for her age. Martha is the fun, free, and wild spirit, who is also feisty and argumentative. Abby is the creative one who is into fashion shows and modeling. Elizabeth is shy and has a fraternal twin sister, Harriet. Later, we meet more of their friends, but I won’t ruin the story for you.
This book has 29 chapters, 30 pages, and took Olivia and I about 1 hr and a half to read. We recommend this book for 5th- 7th grade or 9 to 12 year old girls as it is a chapter book and has no pictures. It is well written, very interesting, and keeps the reader engaged. It is very imaginative and has a lot of action. You can find this book on Amazon.com. We give this book 5 stars. The best reason to read it is because it was written by a very talented, 9 year old.
Fiction stories are not easy to write. Believe me, I have tried! We say Congratulations to Jazmeen for a tremendous job. We know you will go very far and cant wait to read your next book.
In the comments below please share what was the worst or weirdest thing that happened to you on a vacation!!!