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Teen Author Donates Proceeds to Hospital

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A Wilson County teen is going beyond the classroom with his passion for English, and into an entirely different universe in his very first published Sci-fi novel.

I honestly thought i was just going to write a few short stories and be done with it, said Robby Midgett.

Midgett, 15 year old, was just getting started on something much bigger, his book, Vagabonds. A story set in an alternate universe where humans start a war with beings they created.

 "These beings the Alkin, are just wondering why the humans are attacking. They don't get a clear answer. As the story develops, you find out more and more about the on-going war and more and more about the characters within it," said Midgett.

 Midgett started writing Vagabonds two years ago when he was just 13 years old. He got the idea for the novel after seeing an image online which inspired one of his main characters. Midgett also drew inspiration from Regina Spektor's song, "Blue Lips. Oregon Publishing Company was moved to publish Midgett's book.

 "I am amazed. I am ecstatic. It's more than I ever thought I would do actually," added Midgett.

 I've felt like he was going to to do pretty great things. I didn't know he was going to be published at 15, says Krys Midgett, Robbys mother.

 She began igniting her middle-son's passion for literature by reading Beowulf to him when he was 2- years-old while she was studying it for college.

 I didn't remember stuff for the quiz the next day and he remembered details about the story a year later. It was really crazy, said Krys Midgett.

 Now, the Wilson Central High School sophomore's life is getting a little crazy with  book signings and even a manager, family friend Randi Radcliff.

 "A tremendous amount of potential. This boy is going to be a star. That's all there is to it. He's a good kid, a smart kid, said Radcliff.

 And also a kid who gives back, donating a portion of his book proceeds to St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis.

"Children  deserve to grow up. They deserve the chance to live and fit their role in society, said Robby Midgett.

Midgett is continuing his role as an author by already working on his second novel and remembering those who got him to this point.

"I don't think I could've done it without them. I am just so grateful for everyone, said Midgett.

Midgett will be at Yo- So Delicious in Mount Juliet, November 7th for a book signing.The store is also donating proceeds from sales that night to St. Jude.

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