25 Sep '11, 10am

Doing the write thing

Is my child happy? Why can't my mum understand me? Questions like these plague every child and parent, which is why, at age 15, Nicholas Chan (picture) has written a book to help teenagers and parents understand each other better - so he hopes. The Secondary Three student from Bishan Park Secondary School had, along with his personal mentor, come up with the idea last year. But it soon got put on the back burner because of schoolwork. Then in February this year, a schoolmate's suicide jolted him. "I looked at the previous drafts in my notebook and kept thinking, 'I could have saved her life if I had written this book, maybe. Maybe I could have done something, said something ... And she would not have done what she did'." To be launched on Tuesday, the finally-finished, self-published work - My Life, My Terms - tells of Nicholas' life and perspectives as a youngster on thin...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Sunday/FaceintheCrowd/EDC11092...

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