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Fresh, young talent: Local seven-year-old girl publishes first book

The Daily Courier/Jo.L. Keener
Kayla Champlin, 7, reveals her first published book “Green Aliens in Space” which will soon be available at the Prescott Library.

The Daily Courier/Jo.L. Keener Kayla Champlin, 7, reveals her first published book “Green Aliens in Space” which will soon be available at the Prescott Library.

PRESCOTT - Prescott Public Library has a new kids' book in stock. And the author is a local 7-year-old girl.

Her name is Kayla Champlin, and this young writer has already sold 25 copies of her work. The Prescott Public Library is featuring Kayla's first book, "Green Aliens in Space," Thursday at 10 a.m. for its "Toddler Storytime." Kayla's book is also available for checkout.

"I started writing (stories) when I was 6," Kayla said. "I really like writing and reading, so I just started making books."

Kayla sold her first books to her grandmother. Then, through an online self-publishing company called LuLu.com, Kayla's mom, Trisha Champlin, helped Kayla publish her first book.

"Green Aliens in Space" is about Kayla and her sister playing in their backyard when they decide to make a spaceship with a box. The ship flies into outer space, where the sisters meet a bunch of green aliens. The aliens invite Kayla and her sister to lunch, where they eat mushy purple grapes and tuna. The story ends with a fun surprise.

Trisha, who home-schools her girls using an online school for assistance, said Kayla's story came from an assignment.

"What they had to do was write a descriptive story. And everyone who read it said, 'This is so cute, you should make it into a book,'" Trisha said.

So they did.

"What a wonderful experience for a 7-year-old," Trisha said about her daughter's accomplishment of publishing a book.

Besides writing, Kayla has other interests. She takes dance and guitar lessons, skateboards, and spends a lot of time with her friends and family. But her favorite pastime is the adventure of reading, and she hopes to publish a novel someday.

"I feel excited and happy because it's my first published book," Kayla said about the library featuring her work.\