The story of Hilde Lysiak, a Pennsylvania nine-year-old who made headlines earlier this year with her efforts as a self-starting newspaper reporter and publisher, just keeps getting better. On Thursday, Scholastic announced that it has signed the precocious youngster and her father, journalist Matthew Lysiak, to write a series of four children’s books for its Branches category.
The Orange Street News has 700+ paid subscribers and is read by hundreds of thousands more online. Hilde rides around the streets of Selinsgrove on her pink bike in search of her next big scoop. She has covered fires, tornado damage and even a story about how a dog thwarted a local break-in.
“It’s amazing that after publishing my own newspaper I now get to work with Scholastic to write books that will be read by kids all around the world. It’s a dream come true,” said Hilde. “I want kids who read these books to love reporting like I do.”
Scholastic senior editor Katie Carella first read about Lysiak’s exploits in the Washington Post and says she immediately envisioned a fiction series. The deal was negotiated by Carella with Sharlene Martin at the Martin Literary & Media Management.
Lysiak is enjoying a well-earned break this week at swim camp.
Update (Aug. 25)
Lysiak’s forthcoming book series has been optioned by Paramount Pictures and Anonymous Content as the basis for a potential TV series.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Child Reporter’s Exploits Resonate With Pair of Female Journalists