Harriet… Hilde the Spy


New York, NY – Selinsgrove’s own Hilde Lysiak has signed a book deal. The 9-year-old publisher of the Orange Street News has agreed to write four books with the Scholastic Branches series, the first of which is set to hit shelves nationwide in hardcover and paperback fall 2017. A real life Harriet the Spy, Lysiak has inspired children around the world and even received a shout-out from a presidential candidate.

“It’s amazing that after publishing my own newspaper I now get to work with Scholastic to write books that will be read by kids all around the world. It’s a dream come true,” said Hilde Lysiak. “I want kids who read these books to love reporting like I do.”

Lysiak gained international attention earlier this year when she crushed local professional journalists breaking several major stories in our community. According to a release obtained by SCC, Scholastic senior editor Katie Carella said “I read about Hilde in the Washington Post, and I immediately envisioned a fiction series about a serious reporter who just happens to be nine years old.”BranchesFullLogo

Lysaik will be writing the book series, with help from her father Mathew Lysiak, aimed at newly independent readers as part of the Scholastic illustrated early chapter book line Branches. Each Hilde Cracks the Case story will be approximately 100 pages with illustrations. The stories will feature Hilde and her older sister Izzy, as her sidekick/newspaper photographer, solving fictionalized mysteries based on real life stories from the Orange Street News.

Scholastic’s release states “This series will introduce young readers to the basic questions of journalism—who, what, when, where, why, how. And each book will close with a news article.”

“The support Hilde has received from children all around the world has been overwhelming,” said Matthew Lysiak. “As her parents, we believe that Scholastic offers Hilde the perfect opportunity to share her message that anything is possible and that kids can do great things.”

Studies have overwhelmingly found that the best way to prepare young minds for success is encouraging children to read. Finding material that kids like, however, can be challenging. “As soon as I spoke with Hilde, I just knew she’d be the perfect fit for Branches. Kids across the globe have reached out to her, inspired by her unflagging dedication to reporting the news” said Carella.