Young author’s second book on the way

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Sophia Garbarino, who wrote Silver when she was 11, was recently honored by the Board of Selectmen. Her second book will soon be released.

Sophia Garbarino might look like the average seventh grader attending Roger Ludlowe Middle School. However, at age 12 she is already working on her second published book.

Last year, when she was only 11, Sophia published her first book, Silver. The book is about a group of teenage friends named Sam, Dale, Jaida, and the evil Richard. After the main character, Sam, is kidnapped, she discovers she is from a magical world called Palmere, and that she is immortal.

The book may be purchased in print form on Amazon, at Google Books and at Tower Records for $10.

Sophia is working on her second book, Prophetess, about Sam’s sister Idella, who can see the future. Sophia hopes for the book to be published by spring.

Despite all her achievements at such a young age, Sophia remains grounded about the work she has accomplished.

“The process of writing the book wasn’t necessarily hard. It was actually pretty easy, because all I was doing was getting thoughts on paper. But it was the length of the process that was kind of painstaking. If I was going to reach my word count goal, which was 50,000, I had to write for a long time every day,” she said.

The young author’s mother, Julia Garbarino, was not worried that her daughter would be unable to complete such a difficult task.

“Impressed, but not really surprised that she wanted to write a novel; Sophia is always up for a challenge. We were impressed that she set her word count goal at 50,000 for the book. She actually reached 52,850. We had no doubt that when determined, she could do it,” Julia said.

Sophia is part of the talented and gifted program at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. In November 2012, her teacher Mrs. Scerbo presented her class with the independent challenge of writing a novel. Sophia thought this sounded fun and decided she wanted to write a 50,000-word book.

Creating her first novel took Sophia about five months. She had to create three versions of the story before publishing the final version on the National Novel Writing Month website, ywp.nanowrimo.org.

“NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) [website] uses Create Space as a resource for their writers to self publish their books. Sophia went through the process through Createspace.com herself,” Julia said.

Sophia’s hard work has helped her gain attention in her hometown. On Nov. 20, she was honored by the Board of Selectmen for her accomplishments, and received an official proclamation from the town.

“It felt great to be honored by the Fairfield Board of Selectmen. I was surprised to receive the proclamation and to have Nov. 20, 2013, named Sophia Garbarino Day throughout the town of Fairfield,” Sophia said. “It was amazing to be recognized. It was also an honor to meet the selectmen and it was really fun to have my family and friends attend the meeting with me.”

Her mother felt just as proud for her daughter to receive such recognition from the town.

“It was a ‘wow’ moment,” Julia said. “We were quite surprised and honored that she was being recognized by the Board of Selectmen, of which [First Selectman] Mike Tetreau was the driving force. For them to acknowledge the great accomplishments of our town’s youth, [was] a wonderful tribute.”

After Tetreau heard about Garbarino from a family friend, he decided she deserved recognition from the town.

“I felt this was an extraordinary accomplishment for someone so young,” Tetreau said. “I also think it is important to recognize the programs and opportunities that our school system offers to students. Our teachers do a phenomenal job.”

Tetreau said he was impressed that somebody who was so young at the time could complete such a difficult task.

“I am just amazed that someone her age would have the vision and dedication to set this as a goal and complete it,” Tetreau said. “There are a lot of distractions that could have gotten in the way, but she didn’t let them. What great life lessons she has learned. What a great program of instruction that our schools offer. She is just an amazing young lady.”

Starting in third grade, Sophia said, she would get ideas for movies and stories in her mind. The following year, her class studied poetry, and that is when she became interested in writing on her own. During fifth grade, Sophia began writing down story ideas as they came to her. With her self-proclaimed active imagination, Sophia said, she writes thinking about how her ideas would appear in a movie.

Sophia said she writes for one main reason: “It’s pretty much a blast.”

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