BROOKSVILLE — Chloe Kuka is a homeschooled 10-year-old who will have a published book on the market in 2010.
Chloe entered a contest sponsored by Landmark Editions Publishing last year. Her book, Medrith's Easter Adventure, was the winner in the 6- to 9-year-old category.
"You have to write it and you have to illustrate it," said Chloe's mother, Melanie Kuka.
The story is about a girl and assorted rabbits. "She meets a rabbit and she sails to Easter Island with the rabbit and she learned what they do to prepare for Easter," Chloe said.
The book is a complex story about the ailing Easter Bunny, suffering from anypox; a substitute Easter bunny; a professor bunny who concocts an anypox antidote; a bunny bully; and a dear but missing bunny friend.
As the result of her selection, Chloe's book will be published and available for sale to the public. "It'll be at Amazon and anywhere you can buy books," Melanie Kuka said. Chloe will also receive a $15,000 college scholarship.
In the summer, Chloe will fly to the company's headquarters to meet with professional illustrators and editors to fine-tune her story, Melanie Kuka said. She expects Chloe to have to redo her drawings.
When she is not writing award-winning stories or doing schoolwork, Chloe takes dance, piano and gymnastics lessons. She doesn't have a pet bunny, but her family does include a dog, two cats, a chinchilla and 11 chickens.
Besides her mother and the critters, Chloe lives with her father, Joel Kuka, and her younger sister, Casey.