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The Geelong Lutheran College community is enormously proud of Grace E. after it was revealed the Year 12 student has received an offer to showcase her writing skills with an English publishing house.

“Prior to Christmas I sent off a picture story that I completed in Year 10 to a publishing company and I was delighted to receive a contract offer,” Grace said.

“It’s dedicated to my grandfather who passed away from cancer five years ago.”

Grace chose the Murray River, which separates Victoria from New South Wales, as the setting for her maiden literary venture.

“That’s where my grandfather lived, in a small country town,” she said.

“My book uses the Australian animals to create a community that is tight and reflects on the important values that we try and teach in schools, and that parents teach their children every day.”

Originally a Year 10 assessment task, Grace was steered through the development of the narrative by Belinda Lyons-Lee, herself a contracted author.

“I’ve really found myself loving writing and also found myself as a person through this process,” Grace said.

“School was very hard as a child, so my memories of time with my grandfather are a few of the positive childhood memories that I have.

“It’s important for me to share my story through this book and hopefully help others to seek support where they need to.

“In terms of the writing, I’ve loved it and feel it’s something that I really want to continue with.”