An eight-year-old from the US who wanted to be a writer has had her dream come true after she smuggled her books into the library

2022-07-14 0 By

There is not a person who loves to write but wants to see his books in libraries and bookstores.But it will take eight or ten years to realize this dream.A young writer in Idaho took a different tack by skipping the red tape and dropping off his manuscript at a public library.That’s how 8-year-old writer Dillon Helbig got his start, and before you know it, it worked.Dillon was an ordinary boy living in Boise who loved to read from a young age (well, even younger) and began writing when he was 5 years old, setting his sights on becoming a writer.Not long ago, his grandmother gave him a red leather notebook, and Dillon was so creative that he finished a picture book in a few days.The book is called the Adventures of Dillon Helbig, and the author’s name is Dillon Himself.It runs to 81 pages, one line on each page, with an abstract illustration that shows Dillon traveling to different times after the Christmas tree star explodes, like playing at the North Pole and spending his first Thanksgiving before being eaten by an oversized Turkey.Such a good book, not to let more people see a pity wow!Little Dillon thought so.He would have liked to publish the great Adventures of Dillon Helbig, but the publishing house would not have given him the chance, and though he considered himself precocious, eight was still a little too early.So what to do?Dillon thought and thought and came up with a clever idea: he disguised his notebook as a normal book and stuffed it into the library near his home!A month ago, he arrived at the Hazelnut Lake branch of Ada’s Community Library to map his route ahead of time.Then, when the keeper wasn’t looking, he sneaked down to the fiction section, hunched over the books, and shoved the Adventures of Dillon Helbig onto the shelf.”I was sneaking around the whole time, like eating chocolate.”Dillon later told KTVB that he also demonstrated the “sneaky” way.At first glance, Dillon’s notebook doesn’t stand out among the books, because he taped white paper (and drew a small picture) to the spine of the book, which looks like a labeled library.But when Dillon went back to the fiction section the next day to look for a book, “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig” was gone.Had the librarian lost it?Dillon was so upset that he couldn’t help telling his mother about the secret operation, who was surprised and called to ask what had happened to the library book.It turned out that “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig” had not been discarded, but had been moved from fiction to graphic fiction.After all, one illustration per page, it deserves the name of graphic novel.”His parents were afraid we’d throw the book away if we found it.It was an irrational fear. If the safest place to find books was in our library, it was in our library.””Curator Alex Hartman said.In fact, Ms. Hartman and her colleagues read the book carefully, and Ms. Hartman recommended it to her 6-year-old son.They thought it was a very interesting story and the book was up to library standards.So, with the consent of Dillon and his parents, curators numbered “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig” and officially placed it on the shelves of graphic novels.To encourage Dillon to continue writing, the library gave the boy the first-ever Whoodini Award (named after the library’s mascot owl) for “Best Young Fiction Writer.”Cristianne Lane, a local children’s author, had heard about Dillon and wanted to run a writing workshop with him at the library where children could write stories together.Dillon had not published a book officially, but what did it matter? In everyone’s eyes, he had become a minor writer.Everyone can now borrow “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig” at the Hazellake branch library.At the end of January, there were 56 people on the library’s loan list who wanted to borrow the book; now there are more than 120.Dillon had more creative plans, and he began writing “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig part II,” this time featuring his two puppies.He also wrote a “reality-based” novel, the content of which is unclear, but the title of which has been settled is “The Wardrobe That Eats Jackets.”Dillon says he’ll turn to game writing after he turns 40, so he’ll write a few more books while he’s young.Well, I’m looking forward to it