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June 22, 2010 > Fremont fourth grader releases first book

Fremont fourth grader releases first book

By Alyson Whitaker
Photos By Alyson Whitaker

Fourth graders all over Fremont celebrated their last day of school on Thursday, June 17 but Glenmoor fourth grader Pavan Raj Gowda had additional cause to celebrate. His book, "Two Tales From a Kid," was officially launched with a book-signing event at Barnes & Noble in Fremont.

The event was open to the public and attended by many friends, family members, and fans of Pavan. His book is comprised of two tales that he wrote; one in kindergarten and one in second grade. Both stories teach the importance of friendship, cooperation, and kindness.

Two of Pavan's teachers were in attendance at the book launch, and each took a few moments to share special memories of him. His kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Sinnot, recalled his quest to write a story about friendship and sharing. With her guidance in the elements of story writing, Pavan penned "Don't Be Mean to Friends" at just six years old. The story won a district award in the Young Author's contest. Mrs. Sinnot has continued to be a mentor and friend to Pavan and hopes that he will stick with his dreams, "changing the world one student, one person, at a time." She will use the book in her summer school curriculum with kindergartners in the Fremont Unified School District.

Pavan's fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Laird, spoke of Pavan's curious nature. "He constantly is searching for answers, and is a real prince of a guy!"

Thoughts of the environment envelop all areas of his life and school studies. In the last week of school, his class was given an assignment to write a narrative essay on being invisible. Pavan's story was about being able to go to the Gulf Coast and help solve the oil problems there.

"He reminds all of us that we need to keep our environment cleaner. Pavan is teaching us... a child is teaching us, that one person, one child, can make a difference," says Laird.

Following a reading of the two stories by Mrs. Sinnot, Mrs. Laird, and Pavan, he took a seat behind the author's table as customers lined up for an autographed copy of the book. During the two-hour event, Pavan signed over 50 books. He stuck with it, even when writer's cramp started to kick in! Barnes & Noble generously donated 20 percent of the proceeds of all sales in the store during the two-hour event to Glenmoor Elementary.

Pavan has pledged to donate all proceeds from the sale of his book to his non-profit organization-Green Kids Now ( The organization encourages kids to make a difference in their environment and raise awareness among children of all ages, all around the world, to care for the world in which we live.

The book will be available worldwide at retailers including Barnes & Noble, Borders,, and numerous international retailers.

While Pavan intends to enjoy his summer vacation with all the normal summer activities, his thoughts never stray far from the environment and what he can do to make a difference. He is an inspiration to children and adults all around the world to join the quest for a cleaner and healthier planet!

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