Kentwood prodigy, Oummu Kabba, 9, writes, publishes 2nd book

Oummu is already authoring two more books, and hopes to have them published before the end of 2016.

KENTWOOD, MICH. - In the fall of 2015, when she was the ripe, young age of 8 years old, WZZM introduced you to Oummu Kabba, an emerging writing prodigy, a fourth grader attending elementary school in Kentwood.

Oummu became one of the world's youngest published authors late last year when her first book, entitled, "Charlie the Talking Dog," was released to the public through Schuler Books in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Oummu, now 9 years old, recently finished writing her second book. It's published, and will be available for the public to purchase on book shelves in early May.

"It's really exciting, and I like this book better than 'Charlie the Talking Dog' because this book has more humor in it," said Oummu, who chose to skip a recess at Discovery Elementary School in Kentwood to be interviewed by WZZM for this story. "When I'm bored, I write."

Kabba's second book is entitled, "The New Girl," depicting a young girl named Skylar Jackson who used to live in Paris. 

"Skylar moved to Michigan with her family, started a new school, and there were bullies there," Oummu said, continuing to reveal the plot of her story. "One of the bullies eventually becomes Skylar's new best friend."

Oummu says she started writing "The New Girl" before she was finished writing her first book.

"In the morning, when everyone is sleeping, I tend to get bored, and just start typing," said Oummu. "Before I know it, a story is coming together."

Oummu was born on the island of Malta, which is located south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. Her parents were refugees, and neither of them had any formal education. When Malta joined the European Union in 2004, the United States government decided to re-settle 200 refugees to America every year.

Oummu and her family were among the lucky ones selected in 2009. When they came to the United States, the family chose Kentwood as its place to settle.

"I'm very excited and proud," said Brima Kabba, Oummu's father. "I told her, if you continue to write books, I will continue to spend the money to have them published for you.

"Maybe writing these books will open a door for her that I didn't get when I was young. I don't want to be the person that stops her from pursuing her dreams, so I will make sure Oummu goes through the doors she's trying to open."

Oummu is already authoring two more books, and hopes to have them published before the end of 2016.

"There's one that's almost published called, 'The Chicken Man,'" said Oummu. "This one is more of a children's book, for littler kids.

"There's another book I'm working on called 'Opposite Day.' It's really long and I don't think I'm going to get it finished before summer. There's a real complicated part I'm still trying to get through."

"The New Girl" will be available at Schuler Bookstore near the end of the first week of May 2016.

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