Would you like to meet a 10th grader who lives in Macedonia, has played tennis for 7 years, and has written and published her own book? Then you’re in luck! Introducing the amazing Sabina Boyer! Residing in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia, Sabina is thrilled to be this year’s serial story columnist. One of her favorite things about her home of Macedonia, where she and her parents are currently doing missions work, is the incredible hospitality of the local people who are welcoming of others no matter what, and in her words, “don’t put a price tag on friendship.” Additionally, she loves the cultural foods served there, such as a cheesy bread called “Burek” and a meat dish called “Kebapi.”
Describing herself as random, creative, and friendly, Sabina absolutely loves writing, and is greatly inspired by the works of Andrew Peterson and The Book Thief. She has already published her first book, The Legends of Matt Baker, and is already over 100,000 words into a second book titled Wovenstone. Yes, this girl can write! In fact, last year during NaNoWriMo, she wrote 50, 000 words in just 15 days. If she could be known for anything, it would either be for writing or for her fantastic hot glue creations. We can both agree that hot glue is hands down the 8th wonder of the world.
Sabina appreciates the finer things of life, such as stuffed animals, Les Mis, Bucky Barnes, trampolines, candlesticks, the color red, Paris, books, inky pens, and Pepsi. When it comes to movies, she loves Warhorse and How to Train your Dragon, and her favorite books include Inkspell and Lord of the Rings. The soundtrack to her life would definitely be Frank Sinatra jazz tunes, and she’s a huge audio freak, devouring anything from Adventures in Odyssey to Broadway show tunes. If Sabina could live in the world of any book, she would choose a cozy Hobbit Hole in Hobbiton where you could find her playing with fireworks, and chilling out with Pippin, Bilbo, and Faramir. Her ideal lunch date would include the likes of Bonhoeffer, who she describes as a “pastor-spy extraordinaire,” C.S. Lewis, and Andrew Peterson. Two of her favorite words are fuddle and tiddlywink, and if she could pick any superpower, it would be flight because “that way you don’t have to go on a 24-hour plane trip.”
“But where can I meet the amazing Sabina?” you ask. This year, she’ll be taking Spanish 2 with Señor Poortenga and Children’s Lit with Mrs. Thomas. As she enters her 5th year at TPS, Sabina’s words of wisdom to others would be to “live each day like it’s your last.” As for her favorite quote, it has to be “if, when you wake up in the morning, you can think of nothing but writing… then you are a writer,” by Rainer Maria Rilke. There is certainly no one like Sabina; clay has found a truly special serial story columnist. We can’t wait to see the amazing things Sabina has planned for clay this year!