Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Aya Sarbast, a Grade 7 student at Sarwaran International School, a SABIS® PPP school in Kurdistan, celebrated the launch of her first book “Lucky”. Books have always played an important part in Aya’s life and after reading many she decided to put pen to paper and write her own.

Her first book, “Lucky,” is an emotional read and was inspired by a girl called Lucky and her journey through life. Based on realistic fiction, the girl faces many tribulations throughout the novel including poverty, the tragic death of her father at a young age, and later the death of her mother. After receiving a large sum of money, Lucky realizes that extravagance failed to bring her happiness and that the simple things in life are more important. Aya manages to convey this very important message throughout the book with her final words leaving a powerful impact on the reader:

“Overall don't let a word which is made up of five letters 'Money' be the extended change. It mustn't be the reason of our tears and the great effect on our lifestyles.” 

Aya has enjoyed writing short stories from a young age, which inspired her to eventually write her own book with confidence. With the support and love of her parents, and help from teachers and staff at school, Aya’s dreams became a reality. Not only did they guide her each step of the way until her book was printed, but they also gave her the confidence and belief to achieve success.

The book was launched at Sarwaran International School alongside her family and friends and in the presence of Kurdish media stations. After the launch, the book was available for purchase by her fellow students with all proceeds going to charity. “Lucky” managed to sell out in two days and remains an inspiration to other students to follow their dreams.

 We would like to congratulate Aya on this fantastic achievement!