How to be an Abbott, written by Olivia Simms
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How to be an Abbott

Written by Olivia Simms
Cover illustration by Rebecca Greenfield

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Noah Thompson feels like no one really understands him. But when he meets Evan, he learns a thing or two about friendship, belonging, and family.

About the Author

Olivia Simms is a grade 8 student from Ottawa, Ontario. Born in Nagoya, Japan, Olivia has enjoyed both reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She draws inspiration from the works of talented authors such as Rainbow Rowell and John Green, and considers Lin Manuel-Miranda her personal hero. Olivia’s favourite subjects in school are English, science, and music. Although she defaults to writing YA contemporary fiction, Olivia reads a wide spectrum of genres, including non-fiction and scripts for stage plays, in hopes of broadening her skill set as a writer. In the future, Olivia hopes to continue refining her technique in writing so she can share her ideas and stories with kids and adults alike.

About the Illustrator

Rebecca Greenfield, otherwise known as Gorefield Illustration, is a 2017 graduate student from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. She enjoys creating fantastical worlds and love to pull reactions and emotions out of people through her stories and artworks. To view more of her work, visit her website

Winner of Kids Write 4 Kids Creative Challenge

How to be an Abbott is a 2016-2017 Kids Write 4 Kids Winner. Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing contest for youth in grades 4-8. Since 2012, fifteen young writers have become published authors, instilling confidence in these individuals and serving as an inspiration for their peers. Inspire your kids to write by reading books written by their peers.

About Ripple Foundation

Ripple Foundation is a charitable organization that aims to empower the next generation of leaders by fostering creativity and cultivating a passion for reading and writing in youth across Canada. Kids Write 4 Kids is a writing contest for youth in grades 4-8, where the winning story becomes a published book. Proceeds from book sales on Amazon, Google Play, Apple Books, and Overdrive are donated to the winner’s charity of choice; by doing so, we are also fostering a sense of philanthropy. » Learn More