At first glance, Holland Baynard looks like a normal 9-year-old boy. He attends third grade at Bradley Creek Elementary School. He likes crabbing, skiing and hunting for sea creatures at the beach. He thinks visiting the Galapagos Islands would be really cool.
But then, Holland is hardly ordinary. Most 9-year-olds aren’t published travel writers.
Holland has two books in print: â€œHolland Goes to Romeâ€ and â€œHolland Goes to Pompeii.â€ (OK, he had some help from his mom.) He’s even had his own recent book-signing at Wilmington’s Learning Express.
â€œOur goal was to go past 40,â€ Holland said, because that’s how many copies the â€œElf on a Shelfâ€ author sold when she visited the Wilmington store.
â€œWe sold 62,â€ Holland added with obvious pride.
Most 9-year-olds maybe start their own lemonade stand. Of course, Holland did, too â€“ that’s one of the ways he helped save up for his trip to Italy â€“ but he’s gone beyond that to run his own household business.
â€œWhen he comes over to handle orders, he makes his mom stay in the car,â€ said Shelly Hobson, owner of the local Learning Express, where Holland’s books retail for $10.95. â€œHe handles the invoices himself.â€
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