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Edina High Student Publishes Historical Fantasy Novel She Wrote on Lunch Breaks

The Edina senior wrote a first draft of her novel, "Two Broken Birds," while she was in sixth grade.

Credit: Edina Schools.
Credit: Edina Schools.
Edina High School senior Rebecca Ohaeri is publishing her first novel this month, a romantic tale about an unhappy noblewoman set in the fictional realm of Asterorn.

“Publishing a book has always been a dream of mine,” Ohaeri said in a statement. “I loved reading from a very young age and so it seemed logical that I, too, would write a novel.”

Ohaeri's novel, "Two Broken Birds," first conceived when she was in just sixth grade, draws on the knowledge of aristocratic conventions and society she learned about in an AP European course.

“When the ideas started flowing, I decided it was time to start writing again,” she said. “While writing my new draft I was increasingly pleased with how it turned out, as I had grown a lot in my writing. It was a great feeling to know that I might actually be producing something book-worthy.”

As a tenth-grader fond of Austen and Tolkien, Ohaeri spent most of her lunch hours at the high school's writing center, where she workshopped her manuscript with teachers.

“With my parent’s support, I began the process in early June and busily edited the entire summer into the school year,” she said. "I am very proud of this book and cannot wait to share it with the world.”

Her novel is for sale now on Amazon.

Ohaeri will soon begin a trilogy about faeries based on Celtic and Anglo-Saxon mythology.

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