An 11-year-old boy from Macassar will launch his first book at Lansdowne Library next month. Amr Salie, a Grade 4 student inspired by R.L Stine, the creator of Goosebumps, says reading and writing are his biggest passion. His first thriller, titled Blameless, is set to be released on Saturday 28 October and is proudly sponsored and published by publishing company Tshienda Publications.Due to medical conditions the young boy is currently being home schooled, but despite the challenges he has already won numerous awards. Salie, one of four brothers, holds a certificate in Coding and Programming and is currently pursuing a verified certificate in Mine Craft Coding, as well as a verification certification in Cyber Security. The young boy says his passion for horrors leads him to write his own and he has already started with a collection of other stories, set to be published soon. “It (Blameless) is a very short book and is about how easily the mind can be deceived. I was inspired by R.L Stine. My mother Maryam was the one who pushed me and encouraged me to publish my own book. Both my parents play a huge role in my life and if it wasn’t for them, my book would not exist today. This is my first book and I plan to write many more. My message to other children is that everyone can achieve their goals. Don’t take no for an answer,” he says.Haroldene Tshienda, a representative from the publishing company, says Salie is no ordinary boy, and his book was first launched online by Fundza Literacy fund. “He is amazing and has a big imagination for his age. Most of my interaction was with his mother who wanted to have his book printed, but it ended up in being published in more than one book,” she says.“I looked at it and it needed lots of editing before publishing. The little boy only has six to 11 months before he loses his complete eye sight. I have been in contact with his mother throughout the entire process and we wanted to have it done as soon as possible. With diagnosis from the doctor, she says he is able to use his sight for a bit longer. I am honoured to have had part in publishing his book and I look forward to meeting the little man myself on the day of the launch,” she adds.Guests can expect a book reading session and an inspiring lecture by a local poet on the day. The launch takes place at 14:30 sharp and is proudly sponsored by the publishing company. V To RSVP contact Maryam Salie on 082 609 5066 or email email@example.com.