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E-book adventures . . . Lucy Barge (13), of Mountainview High School, showcases her recent school project, which allowed her to develop an e-book. PHOTO: ALEXIA JOHNSTON

Young author Lucy Barge’s life-long dream has entered a new chapter.

Not only has the Mountainview High School (MVHS) pupil written a book, she has developed it into an e-book, thanks to her latest school project.

The school-based initiative, launched this year, allowed pupils in years 9 and 10 to focus on interest-based projects.

Their aim was to have a positive impact on the community, MVHS whanau leader of whenua Phil McGregor said.

Pupils had three and a-half weeks to work on their projects, either as individuals or in groups.

Lucy (13) used the project to fulfil her dream of turning her compilation of short stories called Bursting at the Seams into a much-longed-for e-book.

She said the opportunity to develop it into an electronic format during class time was a dream come true, after spending much of her spare time outside school writing it.

Although developing the e-book was her aim, the main focus of the project was to look at how she could publish and market the finished product.

Lucy looked at profit margins, website design, formatting the e-book, distribution – and lastly – she reviewed everything she had learned.

Bursting at the Seams is a compilation of 10 short stories, ranging from 500 to 3000 words.

They feature a selection of topics, including history, culture and romance.

“This has been a dream of mine to become an author and sell a book.

“[The] project has been an opportunity to complete that dream and I’ve enjoyed being able to work on one thing throughout the day,” she said.

Mr McGregor was impressed by the work put into the many ‘impact projects’, which ranged through topics including biomechanics, flying, bullying and pulling wheelies on a mountain bike.

The projects were on display at MVHS last Thursday, giving parents an opportunity to admire the finished products.