Eleven-year-old Sophie Abbott has authored “Dawn of the Wolves,” the first in what she hopes will be a series she is calling the “War of the Wolves” books.
“She came to us with the book almost done, and she wanted to get it out there,” said Farris Yawn, one of the owners of the family-run publishing business. “It’s really refreshing to see someone her age interested in writing and who loves the written word. And someone her age who doesn’t just talk about, but actually does it.”
Abbott, who is the daughter of Jacqueline and Jeff Abbott and attends the Kings Academy, said the idea came to her when she was “little” and really loved animals.
“My cousin and I are best friends and when we were little, we pretended we were wolves, and then we added dialogue and started acting the story out, and it was so amazing. I knew I just had to write to down,” the author said.
Abbott said she first started writing when she was 6 and undertook the book at age 9.
She is already half-way through the second book in the series, she said.
Abbott said her real inspiration was author J. K. Rowling, who wrote the Harry Potter series.
“I have been reading since I was 4 years old, but the real inspiration was the Harry Potter books. I read the first at 6, and I loved it. I believed I was there. Rowling is such as inspiration and that is what inspired me to write,” Abbott said.
In the book, beyond the land of mankind, there is a realm where all wolves roam free. They are divided into three different packs of Forest, Mountain and Sun.
The packs quarrel and refuse to help each other in any way. But a war is coming, such a war that all the packs will have to work together to survive, according to the book’s description. Ash, a lively, young she-wolf attempts to overthrow evil by uniting the packs once and for all.
Yawn said working with Abbott was a treat.
“It was very easy to work with her, and of course she is a remarkable young person, fun and interesting,” Yawn said.
The book is illustrated by Sarah Drury, a 13-year-old artist who lives in Canton with her family and attends the King’s Academy as well.
Drury is also a competitive gymnast and is most experienced at drawing Manga girls, so trying her hand at the illustration of wolves for “Dawn of the Wolves” has definitely challenged and stretched her as an artist, Yawn said.
The book is $12.99 and will be available at Yawn’s Books & More in Canton or at www.yawnspublishing.com, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com. Yawn’s is at 198 North Street in Canton.