Emerging author at Phorms Campus Berlin Süd

Jana is 11 years old and is in year 6 at the Phorms Campus Berlin Süd. In 2015, she decided to write a book, which has been released with the title ‘ELMA on NORDSTROM’.


What is your book about?

The book is about a girl called Elma who moves to an island in the North Sea with her family. Her parents want to open a hotel there. But when they arrive all the washbasins are missing and unusual things happen. It’s really funny and she also finds a new friend who she tries to solve the mystery with.

How did you come up with the idea to write your own book?

It happened like this: I always wanted to see how books are printed. Then I had the idea of writing a book with Daddy in Zingst, on the Baltic Sea. The place inspired me, too. We got lots of ideas and then we started the first chapter in Berlin. But I already had some of the story in my head. Elma was always my favourite name. My dad also speaks English with us, which is why there are also lots of English words and phrases in the book. I dictated while Daddy typed everything up quickly. Then I painted the pictures.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When I was younger, I had a lot of books read to me and have often written stories. I want to be an author one day, too. It was great to see the finished book with my name on it for the first time. I gave it to my family and friends for Christmas.

Will there be a sequel to the book?

Yes, I’m already writing the second part of the story. Elma will be in Costa Rica. But I don’t want to give any more away just yet.  


Here you can read an extract of ‘ELMA on NORDSTROM’:

The great crossing

‘Today, it’s finally happening. My whole family has been excited for weeks. Our new home on Nordstrom is all we talk about. My sister already imagines that she will be playing on the beach every day, and my bird, Birdy, is also tweeting happily. Ah, but I haven’t introduced myself yet. I am Elma and I’m ten years old. Until this morning, I lived in Berlin, and now we are sitting on the train to Nordstrom.’

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