9 yr old girl unlocks lockdown, pens best seller

Fungalore by Kavya tops Amazon list, rubs shoulders with J K Rowling

Kavya Kompella used the lockdown as an opportunity to venture into this journey of writing a 13,000-word book, which is about two children,

Hyderabad, Aug 31 (BNC Network): A Nine-Year-old Telugu girl Kavya Kompella, daughter of Kashyap Kompella and Divya Kumar, currently a fourth-grader studying in SishuGriha School in Bangalore created a history of sorts. 

It is a proud moment for Telugus and Indians. She is one of the youngest authors to have a written bestseller and found a place alongside JKRowling (British author, screenwriter, producer, and philanthropist, best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series), and Rick Riordan(New York Times bestselling author of over twenty novels for young readers, including the Percy Jackson series, and the Kane Chronicles) in the Amazon bestseller charts. All of this is achieved while under Coronavirus lockdown.

The book is also among the hot new releases on Amazon USA, UK and Germany in the Childrens Adventure Category. 

Kavya Kompella used the lockdown as an opportunity to venture into this journey of writing a 13,000-word book, which is about two children, Neel and Nina who are excited to go to their new school, Fungalore. The Kindle edition of the book became available online in July. And the rest is history.

Kavya is a multi-girl. Besides writing, she loves to draw. She won drawing competitions. Kavya herself designed the book cover page and drew the 30 illustrations in the book.

The book was released on July 15th and for about 2 weeks was among the Top 10 best sellers on Amazon India Children Adventure section. This it has achieved without any marketing. There were no other new authors or (even Indian authors) in the Top 10 list. The top 8 ranksare taken by JK Rowling, next 10 by Rick Riordan, and the next 10 by Geronimo Stilton. This book broke through those ranks.

Kavya’s fatheris a Telugu and mother is Tamil speaking and they currently live in Bangalore. The parents are naturally very happy about her effort and achievement. 

She wrote this book during the third gradesummer holidays which also were during the corona virusl ockdown. She loves to read books, especially children’s mystery, adventure and fantasy books. Some of her favourite authors are Enid Blyton, Jeanne Birdsall (author of the Penderwicks series) and Roopa Pai, shares her father Kashyap

“We did not go down the traditional publishing route due to the COVID situation,” says Kashyap. “We have plans to go for the print edition, once the situation turns normal in the near future,” he adds. 

The book has received excellent reception from young readers, grown-up readers and book critics. Book reviewers have praised the book for its writing style, humour, creativity and illustrations. “Young readers just seem to love the book, says, reviewer Usha Suryamani on Sulekha Creative”.

“Before going any further, let me state here that her imagination is awesome. One loves the small verses Kavya has coined, mouthed vocally by a pet parrot”, states Usha.

“It is not just a fantasy that catches your eye, but the scientific temper that laces the adventure. One is stunned at the wild imagination of this little author as she writes about the contraption the wicked Wizard Vixil had designed in his world of Worgic and also the dialogues uttered”, says another reviewer. 

“Her language, style and flow of thoughts are amazing. Her illustrations are beautiful. One cannot but wonder at the sketches this budding writer has so skillfully threaded into her tapestry of thoughts. She is an artist in the making too.” reviews, a Delhi 10th grader Divija --

‘‘The Three Adventurers at Fungalore’ is an awesome page-turner written by 9-year-old Kavya Kompella. Kavya has let her imagination run wild in the lockdown and produced a great work of art. This book combines magical realism and sci-fi with a good old school life. What I liked the best was the whole world that Kavya established, and through her words, managed to make me a part of” she adds

The digital editionis available online on platforms like Amazon at Rs 99. It is also available in the USA.


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