P.J. Gelinas Junior High School eighth-grader Aidan McIlvaine has accomplished something not many peers his age have – he has become a published author, with his first book hitting online shelves this fall.
The book, “The Elementals: The Beginning,” is about a team of teens with powers based on elements such as fire and earth, and their work to defeat an evil reign of terror. Aidan, who completed the book over the course of a year, was inspired to put pen to paper after an author visit at his elementary school. That author, Lou Petrucci, a sixth-grade teacher in the district, spoke about his experience writing his book, which sparked Aidan’s interest in penning his own novel.
“Writing is an outlet for me…[it’s] something that I enjoy doing in my free time,” said Aidan.
He credits his friend, Dylan Matthews, with providing inspiration for the storyline throughout the development process, and aspires to create a sequel to the book in the future.