Five Student Authors – Five Unique Book Ideas

Student authors at 2014 Ridgefield Writers Conference with conference organizer Rebecca Dimyan (in white)

Student authors at 2014 Ridgefield Writers Conference with conference organizer Rebecca Dimyan (in white)

In this blog, I am sharing how I am mentoring a group of high school science students to write and publish a book about their science research experiences by April 2015 with the goal of selling 500 copies by the end of the school year.

Five high school science students are producing five very different books. I did not foresee this diverse, creative energy when I started this project. I thought that the students would take my general advice and write short books about their science research. Instead, they each have gone on a different path and chosen unique genres for their books.

Alexandra DiGiacomo has a deep interest in sharks. She went to Belize two summers ago and to Fiji this past summer to dive and study sharks up close and personal. She is using her research to write a children’s book that shows how sharks are not man-eating monsters, but instead a vital part of the marine ecosystem that must be protected. Follow her blog and learn more at

John Diorio is in the Ridgefield High School science research program studying vitiligo, an autoimmune skin condition. He believes that such programs are far more beneficial to students’ learning than traditional classes can be. He is an advocate for educational reform, and his book is a roadmap for 21st century education. Learn more at

Siqiao Mu has two passions: Science and art. She is a dedicated science student, and she belongs to several science clubs and organizations. At the same time, she maintains a love for art, especially drawing. Her book is about her personal journey balancing her pursuit of science while growing as a creative artist. Follow her at

Sarah Patafio is another student in our school’s science research program. Her book is an extension of her research, but is a fictional, futuristic look at a world where genetic engineering can lead to the creation of ideal people. This young adult novel is written from the perspective of four teenage characters in this future world. Read about Sarah and her book at

Jennifer Lee Schwartz is also in the science research program studying cancer. Her book focuses on the personal aspect of cancer treatment, especially the public’s perception and the patient’s viewpoint. She brings direct experience into her account. Follow her blog at

Next week, my post will have a tip on how to build a followership for an upcoming book by enrolling email subscribers.

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