About the Authors

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Akshay Gobalakrishna

Akshay was born in New York, then moved to Los Angeles when he was 5, moved to Dallas at age 8, and to Hong Kong at age 9, where he lives with his dog, Rani, his mom, dad, and sister, Nandhika. He is the founder of the International People's Cultural Club at THS, and he also has created a weather service for the school.

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Chiara Shih

Chiara is currently a sixth grader who attends The Harbour School. She is an avid bibliophile and cinephile, and you can often find her reading a rotation of her favorite books. Her favorite book series are The Darkest Minds series, The Hunger Games Series, and the Divergent trilogy. She has a rotating round of movies she enjoys watching, and she has decided to become a self professed nerd in everything. She also loves swimming, cozying up for a movie, and listening to ‘80s music

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Crystal Guo

Crystal is not your typical 9-year-old. Her favorite genres are fantasy and history. Her favorite books belong to the series Warriors Cats by Erin Hunter and Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. She hopes to publish a book just as good one day. She enjoys horse riding and reading a lot. She also has an unstoppable appetite for chips, pasta, pizza, and candy.

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Debbie Lau

Debbie is 9 years old. She is currently in fourth grade and she loves to eat and watch shows on Netflix. Her favorite school subject is art! She likes comics and novels. The books she reads most are her favourite comics, Garfield, and her favorite book series, The Thea Sisters.

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Ella Choe

Ella is 11 years old and is in sixth grade at The Harbour School. She lives in Hong Kong with her parents, two brothers, and two dogs, named Lollipop and Rocky. She likes drawing and writing. In particular, she likes to write fictional and fantasy stories. Her other interests include gymnastics, spending time with her friends, and traveling with her family.

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Francis Liu

Francis is 10 years old. He lives in Kowloon Tong, in HK. He is in fifth grade, and his current interests are drawing and making digital 3D models, though he writes occasionally. His favourite book series is Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland, but he also likes to read non-fiction books about animals. His favourite animal is the Asian Arowana fish. He lives with his mom, his dad, and his helper, but even though he has no siblings, he has a dog and a turtle to keep him company as well. He studies at The Harbour School, and is participating in the LEAP program.

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Hugo Earnshaw-Saran

Hugo is 8 years old and loves reading, writing, storytelling and acting. His favourite subject is Media Tech. Hugo wants to be a video game company founder and CEO in the future. Hugo loves to read about mythology, science-fiction and fantasy, but he also enjoys other genres, including mysteries! In his free time, he enjoys drawing using Procreate, playing video games and watching all sorts of movies and shows on Netflix.

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Jack Zhang Runbai

Jack is in Grade 5. He is ten years old, and he likes programming (he does it a lot), vector design, 3D modeling, and Minecraft. Jack knows about programming languages such as Python, Java, and much much more. He also likes designing on computers, where he does some vector design and also 3D modeling on Blender. Jack has both Minecraft Java and Bedrock (Windows 10 AND iOS), and he enjoys playing, even though he is not very good at it. Fun fact: Jack mainly uses Minecraft for building cities in creative mode. 

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Jonathan Wong

Jonathan is 8 years old, and he loves reading fiction and playing video games. He enjoys his Media Tech lessons at school. He wants to become a video game programmer when he grows up. His favourite colour is blue. In his free time, you will find him relaxing at home, reading the most exciting titles.

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Jeremy Yang

Jeremy is a seventh grade student at The Harbour School and he lives in Hong Kong. Jeremy is a keen writer and has previously published stories in both books and newspapers. Jeremy has thoroughly enjoyed writing his short story and can't wait to get started on the next one to add to his growing collection.

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Julie Mok

Julie's family is originally from Japan. She is currently in fifth grade at The Harbour School. She likes dogs, sushi, and her family and friends. She dislikes arguments. In her free time, she reads books, draws, and watches TV. She enjoys drawing and reading the most. She loves all her subjects in school.

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Kaiden Rammesur

Kaiden is a student who has yet to write his bio, When he does it will go here.

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Lea Martisek

Lea is in fifth grade at the Harbour School and she likes to sleep. Her favorite foods are cake, pancakes, watermelon, and anything with Nutella. She has an adorable little bunny (even though for a bunny he’s pretty big) named Chocolate. In her free time, she also likes watching Netflix.

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Miki Go

Miki Go is a 6th grader that attends The Harbour School in Hong Kong virtually. Her favorite colors are yellow, neon green, neon blue, hot pink, black, and white. She lives in the Philippines and is from a family of four (five including her cat). She likes eating, watching Netflix, and generally doing nothing in her free time. Even though she doesn’t really like school, she likes Social Studies and Literacy classes a lot.

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 Kerena Cheung

Kerena is in eighth grade and likes to read, play video games and sleep. Her favorite books include Hex Hall, The Hunger Games, and Harry Potter. She is described as ‘sassy’ and ‘annoying’ by her classmates, and prefers to stay indoors... because who wants to get a tan?

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Kiran Esvaran

Kiran is in Grade 6. He has published five projects for LEAP, and is currently working on a non-LEAP illustrated novel about a land full of feathered, elegant dino-like creatures and many other self-created species all in danger due to a certain evil force. He likes playing tag and imagination games outside with his friends, running around, writing stories, creating characters, hiking, snorkelling, biking, reading, drawing and gaming. His favorite animals are monitor lizards, small feathered dinosaurs such as Troodon and Velociraptor, and geckos. His favorite books are the Wings Of Fire series and his favorite dragon species in those books are the LeafWings and SilkWings. He prefers books with non-human characters, especially reptilian ones.

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Melody Wong

Melody loves horse-riding, rollerblading and ice-skating. She also adores reading Harry Potter, and the Mysterious Benedict Society series. Her favorite animals are horses, bunnies and cats and her preferred genre of writing is fantasy and realistic fiction!

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Nathalie Ho

Nathalie is a girl in sixth grade. She enjoys reading and creative writing. She has a little sister who is in first grade at Victoria Shanghai Academy. Nathalie plays tennis and loves swimming, and has an unstoppable appetite for candy and chips.

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Nayantara Sinha


Nayantara is eight years old and she loves books like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. She wants to be a video game maker and coder. Her favorite subjects are Media Tech and Library. She likes ice cream and chocolate and best of all, she likes writing. 

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Nichole Shah 

Nicole is 11 years old and is currently in sixth grade. She lives in Hong Kong and goes to the Harbour School. This is her first time participating in the LEAP programme. Apart from writing, she also enjoys drawing, painting and listening to music in her free time.

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Nikita Soklakov

Nikita is a seventh grader at The Harbour School. He learned to read at a young age because of online reading games. He loves fish and chips.

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Peter Dowling

Peter is in sixth grade. Enough said.

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Ryder Savio

Ryder is in sixth grade. More to follow.

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Zahaan Bhappu

Zahaan is a nine year old boy who lives in Hong Kong. He was born in India. He lives with his mum and dad. He likes to read and play with Legos. He is in Grade 4. He goes to The Harbour School.