Carmel Valley Middle School student publishes collection of short stories

Amrita Vetticaden with her book, “MooMoo the Grass Hunter & Friends.” Photo/Kristina Houck

By Kristina Houck

While other kids are watching television or playing video games, Amrita Vetticaden is writing short stories. The Carmel Valley girl has been dreaming up characters and plots since she first learned to write.

“When I learned how to write, I started writing little short stories,” said Amrita, a seventh grader at Carmel Valley Middle School. “When I learned how to type, it was like a whole new world. There’s like 1,000 stories sitting inside the computer.”

Now 12 years old, Amrita is sharing her favorite tales in her self-published book, “MooMoo the Grass Hunter & Friends.” From heroic cows to goats in spaceships, the collection of short stories contains 88 pages of adventures. Using a Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Amrita also illustrated the pictures.

“It’s mainly about animals doing heroic things such as climbing Mount Everest and saving the planet,” Amrita said.

Passionate about animals, most of Amrita’s short stories feature critters, big and small. Proceeds from the book will benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, as well as UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need.

“I really love animals,” said Amrita, who has a betta fish named Clowny. “I would like to help the animals that are without a home because they deserve homes. It’s not right for animals to be out there without any care.”

“MooMoo the Grass Hunter” is Amrita’s favorite story in the book. The last and longest piece is about heroic cows named MooMoo and Mooey McMooson. She started writing the tale when she was just 7 years old.

“Writing is just so fun,” she said. “There’s not any set thing that you have to do. For math, there’s only one right answer. For writing, you can do whatever you want. It’s limitless.”

When she’s not writing, Amrita likes to read, draw, swim and play violin. She recently earned her black belt in karate. Amrita also enjoys spending time with friends and family, including her 9-year-old sister Divya and her 7-year-old brother Vinay.

Already writing her second book, Amrita plans to be a physician and best-selling author. She also hopes to have her own farm.

“She’s always loved writing,” said Sonia Vetticaden, Amrita’s mother. “When I saw the book, tears came to my eyes. I know she’s happy with it and it makes me happy because it’s something that she really enjoys doing.”

“I’m delighted that she has this ability and she wants to put it to good use,” said Santosh Vetticaden, Amrita’s father. “I think it’s wonderful that she can spread happiness in the world by using her books as an instrument.”

For more information about “MooMoo the Grass Hunter & Friends,” or to purchase the book, visit xlibrishub.com/wd/us/142798/

Related posts:

  1. Carmel Valley father-sons writing team publishes second book
  2. Actors bring Skyline students’ short stories to the stage
  3. Carmel Valley mom publishes Jewish craft book for children
  4. Carmel Valley Middle School student helps find families for homeless rabbits
  5. Carmel Valley Middle School student to perform in local production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=62790

Posted by Staff on Jan 4, 2014. Filed under Life, North Coast Life. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • RSF Association Board Biz: It’s fire season: Be prepared
    The Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District (RSFFPD) was officially formed in 1946, in the aftermath of a devastating fire that took place in 1943 and destroyed brush, farmland and homes from Rancho Bernardo through Rancho Santa Fe, all the way to Solana Beach and Del Mar. Today the Fire District spans 38 square miles and protects nearly 30,000 residents. W […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe couple lead way in helping those with thyroid disorders
    Few people may know that Graves’ disease is one of the most common autoimmune diseases afflicting Americans today. Fewer still may know that the only national non-profit dedicated to its patients is headquartered in Rancho Santa Fe. The Graves’ Disease and Thyroid Foundation, co-chaired by Rancho Santa Fe residents Kathleen Bell Flynn and Steve Flynn, has be […]
  • Candidates seek election to three Rancho Santa Fe special district boards
    Seats on the boards of directors of three special districts that provide such services as water, fire protection, sewage treatment and landscape maintenance are on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. The three special districts are the Santa Fe Irrigation District, the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District and the Rancho Santa Fe Community Services Distric […]