AT THE tender age of nine, Year 3 student Alyssa Mulholland, formerly of Maryborough, has become a published author.
The youngster who was born in Maryborough, and went to the Tinana State School until 2011, now lives at Wellington Point.
Alyssa wrote a flip-the-flap book for children titled Who's In the Grass?
She was the guest of honour at the Fraser Coast Summer Reading Club graduation party at the Maryborough Library on Monday.
Her book invites readers to guess which animals are hiding in various parts of a garden.
Readers have to guess what type of animal is hiding in the grass before opening a flap to reveal their identity.
The idea for the book came about a year ago when she started writing randomly.
Alyssa's mother Kerry Mulholland showed the handwritten draft to her daughter's teacher who encouraged her to self-publish the little book which was then picked up by the Brisbane City Council to stock in its libraries.
The book was illustrated by Brisbane artist Glen Singleton who has been creating cartoon-style pictures for the past 20 years.
All up, 316 youngsters enrolled in the Summer Reading Club, which ran from December 10 to January 16, and 189 graduated.
Councillor for community, cultural and family services George Seymour said the clubs encouraged children to read and keep their minds active during the holidays.
The Summer Reading Club had three levels, for children aged 0-4, 5-12 years and more than 12 years old.
"The goal was to read 10 books by 16 January," Cr Seymour said.
"Once they read all 10 books and returned their completed reading log, they went into a draw for a prize such as an e-reader, family movie passes and family pool passes.
"The Summer Reading Club encourages children to keep reading during the summer holidays, so they don't miss a beat when they return to school."