All young people should be encouraged to read real books [not text on little screens], and even better, try creative writing. In fact, not only young people.

from KC News–

A moving novel by local teenager Arlo Kelly is due to be published this month.

Set on a wild East Coast beach, Echo is a story about Eric, a partially-sighted boy who forms an unexpected and secret friendship with a minke whale. It is a gripping tale of friendship, loss and new beginnings during one life-changing summer.

Arlo, who attends Kāpiti College, has been a passionate writer for many years, but this will be his first published novel. His mother, Vida Kelly, is an award-winning book designer and has been delighted to be able to use her skills to help Arlo achieve his dream.

The book will be available for the first time at the Artisan Craft Market in Waikanae Memorial Hall on Saturday 21 May 10-4pm. From the end of May it will be available at Paper Plus and Moby Dickens in Paraparamu, Books & Co in Ōtaki and Good Books, The Children’s Book Shop and Unity in Wellington.

For more see Arlo’s website:

Original article which includes a few reviews