Renwood fourth-grade writer recognized for novel in Young Writers Contest
January 13, 2020
Jada Tetteh-Lartey has a knack for writing and a gift for telling stories.
This fourth-grader at Renwood Elementary School already completed a novel, which is an impressive accomplishment. What’s even more brilliant is that she wrote it in 30 days and has been honored for it.
“It felt really good,” she expressed on finishing her first book. “I like writing because I like using my imagination to make stories.”
November is National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo for short, and Tetteh-Lartey was recognized in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Contest for November 2019. She received a certificate for her story!
“My story is about how I found a black cat and how I try to find its family,” she described. “It’s called ‘The Black Mysterious Magic Cat.’”
Tetteh-Lartey added the story starts with her finding the black cat at her door and then discovering that it’s magical. The story continues with her figuring out the cat belongs to the cat lady and ends with her returning the mysterious cat back to its owner.
The inspiration for this story was from her own cat, she shared.
“My cat runs really fast like he has superpowers,” Tetteh-Lartey expressed. “So this cat in my story has magic powers, kind of like my cat at home.”
Her teacher, Terry Caskey, signed her class up to participate in the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program. Run by a non-profit, the program supports students and educators with tools, resources and a creative space to write and share.
This was the first year Caskey participated in the program and was excited to have a student recognized for her work. She said all her students who wrote really enjoyed the creative writing program.
“Jada wrote over 6,000 words, which was double her goal and the most in the fourth-grade group who participated,” Caskey shared. “She ran away with this from day one. On the first day, she already had over 300 words. She was so into it and even worked on it at home.”
She added that Jada was the only one who received recognition from NaNoWriMo from her class and the non-profit will help get her started on publishing her work, if she wants to.
Tetteh-Lartey said she wants to write stories when she grows up and is already thinking about what her next novel is going to be.
“I think my next story is going to be about a girl who goes to Candy Land, finds the Candy Queen, and tries to battle her so she can get through and own the land,” she shared.
“Jada is such a great student,” Caskey expressed. “She takes a lot of initiative, is very kind and self-driven.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Jada Tetteh-Lartey, a fourth-grade student at Renwood Elementary, wrote a novel in 30 days as part of National Novel Writing Month in November.