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People thought I couldn’t write a novel, but I proved them wrong Maha Hussain, 15-year-old author of “Faded”

Posted on 17 November 2010 by admin

“I stopped mid-sentence, my mouth hanging wide open. Leaning against the wall behind Cairo, a boy had suddenly appeared. He seemed a few inches taller than me, but I couldn’t tell for sure because he was blurred. I could only barely make out the features on his face, but his toothy smile clearly stood out, despite the rest of him being, well, faded. He almost looked like an old photograph. I blinked once, trying to figure out if he was really there, and the boy started to wave. I blinked a second time and something about him seemed very familiar. Then I finally blinked a third time and he was gone.”

This is an excerpt from a book called “Faded.” “Faded” is written by fifteen-year-old Maha Hussain. She is a grade 10 student in the Region of Halton.

When she was authoring the book, many adults did not take her seriously, thinking that a 15-year-old cannot accomplish writing a 238-page novel, “but I’ve proven them all wrong and it’s all cool” Maha said talking to Generation Next. She started writing “Faded” at the age of 12.

One day Maha was sitting down with a friend when she came up with the idea of writing a novel. The story line runs on saving the world. Even though ‘Hope’ – the lead character of the novel – and her imaginary friend had a lot of bad blood among them, “they were able to work together to save the world,” Maha tells us. The story is somewhat reflective of global conflicts of our world.

Writing, however, is not on Maha’s mind for her future career. She loves Sciences and wants to be a doctor. “You’ve to be kinda realistic. Sometimes my [written] work might not sell at all..you have to do something that you love and make enough money to survive,” she says pragmatically..that’s why I am also thinking about being a doctor.”

Talking about issues of high school students, Maha said “a lot of people in my generation don’t take school seriously enough..and we need to take care of the environment..if we don’t try to save our planet today, we won’t have a planet to live in tomorrow.”

During the course of putting together the novel, Maha had full support from her parents. “Sometimes I thought my parents were even more excited than I was.”

Maha has noticed that South Asian parents are engaged with school in meetings and so on if one parent is not working. “If both parents are working, then I guess they don’t have enough time to be engaged with school boards,” she added.

Maha is member of the Student Council at her high school. She is also member of Free the Children, and a group called Ontario Students Against the Impaired Driving.

And her message to all of Generation Next’s readers is “Please read my book. I’ll really appreciate it,” Maha Hussain said laughing.

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