Young Carnaby author on the rise

Young Carnaby author on the rise

03 October 2023

Public school life

Joshua Lo is only nine years old, but he’s already a published author and illustrator.

The young writer is the fourth student to have a book published at Carnaby Rise Primary School.

Carnaby Rise Primary School student and published author Joshua Lo. 

His peers took part in his recent book launch at the school, racing to buy a copy of his book, ‘Juicy the Fruit Fish’.

Carnaby Press was established in 2019 and is a small publishing imprint that produces student stories and illustrations.

The launch was a massive success, with the book selling out, leaving only the pre-ordered copies available.

“I’m ecstatic,” Joshua said. “I think it’s crazy.”

The book follows the tale of Juicy, a fish on a journey of self-discovery. Joshua hopes the story will spread the message for people to be confident and not shy.

Joshua also came second in the Year 3-4 category of the Children’s Book Council Australia Make Your Own Storybook competition.

“I feel kind of special,” Joshua said. “It’s throughout the whole of WA, I was kind of surprised.”

As part of his award, the Year 4 student can take part in a workshop to develop a chapter book.

He gave some sound advice to any young writers out there hoping to follow in his footsteps.

“Remember, if your book doesn’t get published, you still achieved a very big thing and you should be proud of yourself,” Joshua said.

“It’s an amazing thing to do.”

 You can purchase a copy of ‘Juicy the Fruit Fish’ through Blurb.