A 9-year-old Reporter Just Signed A Four-Book Deal with one of The US’s biggest Publishing Houses.


Hilde Kate Lysiak (born 2006-07) is an American journalist who also publishes a local newspaper, the Orange Street News. She has been interviewed by Sheinelle Jones for The Today Show and by the Columbia Journalism Review. On a Saturday April 2, 2016 Lysiak reported on a suspected murder for her newspaper that caused people on her Facebook page to critique her, because at the time of this story, she was 9 years old. Her response to her critics was picked up by several major media sources such as the Washington Post and The Guardian.

Hilde Lysiak, the third-grader who broke a murder story in her Pennsylvania town earlier this year, is now taking a stab at fiction.

Scholastic will publish a four-book series called Hilde Cracks the Case by Lysiak and her father, Matthew Lysiak, also a journalist. The children’s publishing giant announced the series yesterday (June 30).

“I want kids who read these books to love reporting like I do,” the nine-year-old said in a statement.

Lysiak gained attention in April with her reports of a murder crime scene for Orange Street News, a site and monthly paper that covers happenings in her hometown of Selinsgrove. Lysiak is the editor of the paper, though she is taking the week off for swim camp.

Facebook commenters have criticized the young writer, saying, among other things, she should be playing with dolls instead of reporting. Lysiak responded to her objectors on YouTube, reading their comments with unimpressed nonchalance.


Lysiak responded:

‘I don’t think people should be able to decide for me who I should be and what I should be doing. I never began my newspaper so that people would think I was cute. I started the Orange Street News to give people the information they need to know… I want to be taken seriously. I’m sure other kids do, too.