Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Catman—the pen-to-paper brainchild of local 12-year-old author, Amiel Haddy.
Yes, you heard that right. We have a 12-year-old author in our community! A book writer since the ripe age of 9, Amiel has successfully published 6 children’s books—all of which are centered around the notorious superhero Catman and his thrilling adventures. Although he is really an 8-year-old boy named Alex, ‘Catman’ spends this book series fighting off evil with his supernatural powers of flight, super-speed, retractable claws, and a super-sonic purr. And how does Alex maintain this wild and wonderful double life? A magic, shapeshifting ring, of course!
For as long as Amiel can remember, he’s always had an interest in books. But his calling for writing didn’t come until he was 9 and losing himself in Andy Griffiths’ world-renowned Treehouse series. He became so inspired that, in 2018, Amiel won first prize in an Andry Griffiths/ Dymock’s Books national writing competition.
Amiel’s parents are super-duper proud of their son’s love for writing. His mum, Oriana Haddy, helped him publish and sell his books. Amiel boasts, ‘Mum thought I would lose interest after writing the first book, but I haven’t yet!’
Besides from reading and writing, Amiel is an avid video-gamer, Lego-builder, and content creator on his YouTube Channel, TheGamingComputer_26. As such, Amiel’s big dreams for the future include becoming a famous author—unsurprisingly!—but also a famous streamer. Right now, the young teenager is continuing to shoot for the stars with his more mature fantasy novel in the making!
For anyone interested in checking out Amiel’s awesome collection, head to his Mum’s Commerce profile on FaceBook Marketplace: Oriana M Haddy. Books 1-6 come as an $18 set in A5, or $30 in A4, with individual copies selling fast at only $3. Copies can be picked up or posted from Albany Creek, but deliveries are currently unavailable.
However, everyone beware! Amiel warns you all to buckle in for a rollercoaster-ride of reading fun. As the worlds of good and evil collide, which side do you think will win? Can Catman save the day after all?