Literary Las Vegas
Meadows School 14-year-old Akosua Sarfo, who goes by the pen name A.T. Sarfo, was born in Michigan of Ghanaian descent. From early childhood, Sarfo loved reading and making up new endings for her favorite stories. Recently, she published her first novel, “The Wrath of a Mediocre Hero,” a contemporary fantasy that reinvents the story of “Alice in Wonderland.” In the tale, the protagonist, Kimberly Fox, has forgotten her true identity and thinks she’s just a mediocre kid living in the shadow of her “amazing and fabulous” twin sister. When her twin’s soul is seized, Kimberly must transform herself into a hero to save her sister and a world of Wonderland she never knew existed. An artist as well, Safro designed the cover for her book.
Excerpt from ‘The Wrath of a Mediocre Hero’
We found the guards.
Candy, Mel, Vesper, Mini, and I look on in fascinated horror as legions of Sarks uniformly and sharply march back and forth around the large castle’s perimeter. None of them have weapons. And I don’t think any of them need weapons. They themselves are the weapons.
I’m taken aback by their bitterness, which I can feel crawling and moving all over my skin like goosebumps. I shudder uneasily. We’re just out of their sight, but it feels as if I’m right next to one of them. They’re strong. This is their source.
There’s a bigger power behind them.
But my sister’s soul is just beyond them.
“Use the Diamond card now,” Vesper whispers lowly to me. “You’re calm. You’re focused. You can use it now.”
“Yeah,” I say. I was going to use it anyway. “Yeah, okay. Got it.” I peel a card from my shawl and resolve to stuff the Spades card into the pocket of the dress that’ll appear to save for later. I know I’m going to need it.
Mini’s already holding my hand and beaming at me, looking more energetic than ever. His small, sweaty hands wash a sense of serenity and calm over me.