For anyone who ever wanted to write a book but struggled with the opening line, take a page from this Michigan teen’s book – more precisely, Charlie Kadado’s second published book.
The 17-year-old Shelby Township resident recently published “Perry Finds His Talent.” A prestigious Ohio publisher had selected the book in December, but he turned down the offer for an exclusive contract and instead to create his own publishing house, Boundless Talents, LLC.
“I opened my own publishing house because I realized I really didn’t need a large scale publisher. I could do it all on my own,” Kadado said. “I could get an ISBN, I could find an illustrator, I could do the marketing, and I could even get it in stores.”
That’s the young voice of experience talking.
His first novel, “Sacrifice: Reporting in Kabul,” garnered an impressive number of sales after Kadado crafted his own marketing strategy. The book, which is loosely based on the true-life story of ABC Anchor Bob Woodruff, attracted the correspondent’s attention in April of 2013.
The two met , thanks to WXYZ-TV, and exchanged books and autographs. During his visit to Michigan, Woodruff called Kadado, “The future of journalism.”
“Perry Finds His Talent,” Kadado’s new children’s book follows the journey of a fictional penguin that tries to play sports, join after-school clubs, and play an instrument. No matter how many activities he tries, things never go right.
“Perry reminds me of myself,” Kadado said. “Perry the Penguin realizes his real talent is in writing. The other activities were for the other kids.”
Kadado makes his journey sound so ordinary.
But there’s nothing ordinary about this over-achieving teen, of course.
His hobby is – no surprise given the protagonist in his first novel was based on a real-life journalist – reading journalism textbooks. So it’s no surprise that he’s an old pro at interviewing newsmakers, including the celebrated anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall.
A former reporter for Scholastic News, Charlie covered dozens of national news stories, including the 2008, 2010, and 2012 elections, the Haiti and Japan earthquakes, and a special report on Rebuilding Detroit.
He even conducted an exclusive sit-down interview with world-renowned anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, which was featured on Scholastic News and Discovery Kids. Charlie has received the Presidential Call to Service Award from President Obama, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan.
Both the novel and children’s book can be purchased at CharlieKadadoBooks.com. “Perry Finds His Talent” is also available at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and on Amazon.