Maya Kandell

Maya Kandell

Biography

Age 10, California

Favorite Subject: Art

Favorite Book: Lord of the Rings #3: Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkein

Favorite Music: Pink Floyd, Natasha Bedingfield, Yael Naim

A California Girl Scout, Maya boasts an impressive list of achievements, ranging from a proficiency in music (she plays both piano and flute) to skills in soccer. 

Maya’s strong desire to be a professional soccer player, however, has not kept her from pursuing visual art and drawing in her spare time.  She has an eclectic taste in music, ranging from Natasha Bedingfield to Pink Floyd. 

Maya’s first story for Scholastic was an exposé on the alleged discovery of Bigfoot. Maya attended a Bigfoot press conference, where three men claimed to have found the body of Big Foot. Maya was unconvinced. 

“First, Whitton and Dyer said they couldn't remember the date they found the body,” she wrote in her story. “Second, they did not reveal where they found the body or where they were keeping it. Third...  the photos handed out were very blurry images of the dead Bigfoot's teeth and mouth and of a brown blob in the forest.”   Maya was also perturbed by the mens’ focus on money.  “When asked how much money they expected to make from the find, [one of the men] said, ‘As much as we can.’ ”

Her instincts proved correct as the whole thing turned out to be a hoax.

Maya’s favorite part of being a good reporter is “getting to see cool things and write about them!” She sure got to do that on her first assignment!

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    Cinderella Cleaners #1: Change Of A Dress

    Cinderella Cleaners #1: Change Of A Dress

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    Behind the counter at Cinderella Cleaners, Diana watches the clothes come and go. She loves to imagine the exciting events that the different outfits might be worn to. Then one day, Diana reaches into the pocket of a fancy coat - and finds an invitation to a glittering gala in New York City. Since the coat's owner is out of town, Diana gets a wild idea. With the help of some savvy friends, one glamorous dress, and a lot of improvising, Diana pretends to be someone she's not, and makes it into the party! Will she be discovered, or will her disguise come off without a hitch?

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    Cinderella Cleaners #3: Rock & Role (Enriched EBK)

    Cinderella Cleaners #3: Rock & Role (Enriched EBK)

    by Maya Gold

    Diana has always dreamed of being an actress or celebrity; and now, for the first time, opportunity has come knocking! When pop star Tasha Kane comes to film her latest video in Diana's hometown, Diana gets a chance to audition. The only problem is that her role in the video hinges on her wearing a rocking vest—which she just happened to borrow from Cinderella Cleaners! Diana has to return the vest, but does that mean she can't be in the coolest video of all time?

    Each book in this exciting series features mistaken identities, misadventures, and middle-school issues; and young readers will love following Diana every hilarious step of the way!

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