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Learning to Fly

Written by Olivia Hashem
Cover illustration by Emma Marjorie Roberts

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Keefee and Alek only have each other in the dystopian city of Zetheria. Born into slavery in the power plant, they create a pact to escape and follow their dreams. However, time and despair wear them down, and Alek is unable to hold onto that dream. Will Keefee be able to convince him to escape when the odds are stacked against them?

About the Author

Olivia Hashem is, by her own account, really swag. She loves to write, or, more often, go on long, unnecessary rants about why she adores the characters that populate her giant home library. Olivia enjoys honing her archery and sparring skills, as well as performance arts. Her favourite book is The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, but she gives credit to the Percy Jackson series for really getting her into reading in the first place.  She is currently immersed in writing her second novel. Olivia lives in Aurora, Ontario with her family and is often caught romping around the city with her friends or adopting squirrels with her dog.

About the Illustrator

Emma Marjorie Roberts is a Canadian illustrator working out of Toronto. She is a 2021 graduate student from OCADU in Toronto. She is a digital artist, working on conceptual illustrations, comics, cartoons, doodles, scribbles, etc. She likes to create fun illustrations with a sense of humour. To view more of her work, visit her website

Winner of Kids Write 4 Kids Creative Challenge

Learning to Fly is a 2020-2021 Kids Write 4 Kids Winner. Kids Write 4 Kids is an annual writing contest for youth in grades 4-8. Since 2012, nineteen 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 fostering a sense of philanthropy. » Learn More