MrsP.com, which aims to expose young people to reading, has announced the finalists in the fourth edition of its Be-a-Famous-Writer contest, and one Ashburn girl has made the cut.
Twelve-year-old Adithi Ramakrishnan was selected for her entry Home Perfect Home.
“We had wonderful entries from all over the United States, and it was hard to narrow it down to ten stories,” said Kathy Kinney, who stars as Mrs. P and who, before co-creating the website, was best known as Mimi on The Drew Carey Show.
The Grand Prize winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, including Academy Award-winning actress and reading advocate Julia Roberts; Melina Gerosa Bellows, the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Books, Kids and Family at National Geographic; and Mary Frances Smith-Reynolds, who teaches second grade at Ivanhoe Elementary School in Silver Lake, CA.
Finalists, 4-8 age group:
- The Magic Piano by Grace Lane, 8, Vermont
- The Horse Indeanna by Meridan Boyd, 8, Iowa
- The Royalty Cat, by Calista Wilk, 7, Arizona
- Girls vs. Ghouls, by Lily Ventnor, 7, New Jersey
- The Talking Gingerbread Man, by Ethan Kur, 7, Arizona
Finalists, 9-13 age group:
- The Bread of Generosity, by Andrea Langholff, 9, Wisconsin
- Moonshine, by Willa Lane, 9, Vermont
- Home Perfect Home by Adithi Ramakrishnan, 12, Virginia
- The Mesa, by Caitlin Casady,12, Oklahoma
- The Championship Game, by Lucas Daniel, 9, New Jersey
Mrs. P will read the winning story from each age group in Hollywood-produced videos with original illustrations that will be posted on Mrs.P.com’s website. In addition, Polka Dots Publishing will provide a bound copy of the winners’ stories.