AMSA Student Writes Science Fiction Series

Sterling Kelly, son of Horace and Dreama Sloan-Kelly, talked to Patch about his first book and his plans to make it a series.

Sterling Kelly is a 14-year-old young man who is the oldest child in his family. He attends the ), plays basketball, runs track and loves to program computers. In addition, Kelly is also a Johns Hopkins Central for Talented Youth (CTY) honors scholar with one of the highest scores in the country and has recently published a book.

Kelly wrote The Jato Lee Chronicles Book One: The Unknown when he was 12 years old. Printed in 2011, the story is about a 14-year-old ninja named Jato Lee who woke up alone in a cavern in Hirosaki (the name of this world a combination of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and cannot remember anything from before he got there.

"Jato can do all of the things the other ninjas can do. He leads the fight and is very realistic," said Kelly, who is half-way through writing the second book in a planned five-book Jato Lee Chronicles series.

"The story came to me in a daydream on vacation in Maine about six months ago," said Kelly. "I wanted share it with others and explain how I think about my world. When I was younger, I thought of myself as a superhero and that I could change the world.

"Jato's name and character were inspired by my brother, Jett. He is 22 months old and 'very rambunctious'," said the young author.

The Jato Lee Chronicles Book One: The Unknown is available for purchase on Amazon.

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