Freddy the Penny, written by ten-year-old Gabrielle Begun, is the tale of Freddy, a brave young penny who goes on an exciting quest. As soon as Freddy enters the world, he is filled with curiosity. His adventures begin when he makes two friends: a pretty penny named Betty and a wise quarter named George. The three friends set out across the country on an adventure, meeting many new friends and even encountering some fearsome foes. Through the characters’ journey, young readers will learn about friendship, family, and more.
About the Author
Gabrielle Begun is an aspiring young writer from San Francisco, California. She began writing Freddy the Penny when she was eight, and completed it by the age of ten. Her dream is to someday see her beloved tale about Freddy be made into a screenplay.
Gabrielle is passionate about the art of writing. She organized the first writer’s club at her school and has been actively running it for around four years. She is a member of the yearbook committee and was offered a job as a copywriter for the school’s yearbook. In April 2013, her writing skills were recognized by the California Association of Teachers of English (CATE) and she received a “Writer of Distinction” Award.
In addition to writing, Gabrielle also loves to read. Her favorite authors are Ralph Fletcher, Rick Riordan, Mikhail Zoshchenko, and Veronica Roth. In her free time, she also swims, plays volleyball, and rides horses. A true performer, Gabrielle also enjoys dancing, singing, and playing piano and guitar. Gabrielle’s daily motto is “Don’t Stop Believing.”