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April 18th, 2012

Warwick teen’s ‘Wacko Academy’ hits shelves

Faith Wilkins
Warwick - 16-year-old Faith Wilkins, a resident of Warwick, New York, is having her first novel, Wacko Academy, published in trade paper and eBook by Arundel Publishing.

In Wacko Academy, an action-adventure story, eighth grader Lily Mason is kidnapped and brought to the elite Wackerson (“Wacko”) Academy. At once funny, harrowing, and romantic, Wacko Academy is a book that enthralls and entertains.

“I see a little bit of myself in Lily,” says Wilkins. “It’s fun to do things through the character that I definitely would be too afraid to do in my life.”
Wilkins is dedicated to promoting literacy and visits area middle schools to encourage other teens to write. Wilkins is donating a portion of the proceeds from Wacko Academy to the Book Bus, which aims to improve child literacy rates in Africa and South America.

Faith has been writing poems and short stories since she was seven. She also loves music, plays the violin and sings in a local choral group.
Faith will be signing her book at Barnes & Noble in Newburgh on April 20th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. and at the Albert Wisner Library in Warwick on April 21st from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Wacko Academy is the first installment in a series. The sequel, Camp Wacko: The Drones of Summer, will be released in the fall of 2012.

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