Girl reporter, 9, lands detective series book deal

Kid reporter Hilde Lysiak, who shot to fame in April for reporting from a murder scene for her monthly newsletter, has landed a four-book deal for a detective series.

Lysiak and journalist dad to collaborate on 4-book series Hilde Cracks the Case

Nine-year-old reporter Hilde Kate Lysiak, who sparked an online storm after breaking a story about a suspected murder in her small Pennsylvania town this spring, has landed a major book deal. (Isabel Rose Lysiak via Associated Press)

One of the world's youngest sleuths, 9-year-old Hilde Lysiak, has a book deal.

Scholastic told The Associated Press on Thursday that it plans to release four children's books by the Selinsgrove, Penn., resident, who has built a substantial online audience through her monthly newsletter, the Orange Street News.

Lysiak and her father, journalist Matthew Lysiak, will collaborate on a detective series called Hilde Cracks the Case. The series is scheduled to begin in fall 2017.

Hilde's endeavours, which include covering fires and tornado damage, have been noted everywhere from The New York Times to NBC's Today show.

Lysiak's Orange Street News covers all things local, and sometimes beats the mainstream competition. (CBC)

She was criticized earlier this year for reporting on the crime scene of a local murder, with some readers saying she was too young for such a story.

Her Facebook page and YouTube channel were clogged with negative comments urging her to "play with dolls" and have a tea party and questionED her parents' judgment in letting her do such work.

"It kind of gets me angry because just because I'm nine doesn't mean I can't do a great story," she said at the time.

"It doesn't mean I can't be a reporter."

Lysiak's father said she caught the journalism bug when he worked for the New York Daily News and would occasionally take her along on the job.

"She found journalism really interesting, and my older daughter, too," he said. "They would ask lots of questions."


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