By Abdulafeez Olaitan
A pre-teen Saudi Arabian author has emerged the world’s youngest person to publish a book series and earned a Guinness World Record.
Ritaj Hussain Alhazmi of Saudi Arabia was 12 years, 295 days old when Guinness World Records verified her achievement.
Alhazmi’s book series are “Treasure of the Lost Sea,” “Portal of the Hidden World,” and “Beyond the Future World.”
The now 14-year-old girl began writing short stories and diaries at age 6.
She received great attention and support from her family and friends which enabled her to join many specialized training courses in the field of creating writing, likewise, developing her skills through avid reading.
At 7, Alhazmi started visiting libraries in Saudi Arabia.
She began publishing her first novel in English when she was ten years old. The first novel, written in English and titled “Treasure of the Lost Sea,” was published in 2019. The novel tells the story of two siblings who live on a deserted island with a poor family. Their lives are full of challenges, hardships and perseverance. Their lives soon take an unexpected turn towards a new world in which they embark on an adventure and become its heroes.
Her second book in the series, titled “Portal of the Hidden World,” was published in November 2020.
It was only after this publication Alhazmi qualified for the record for the youngest person to publish a book series (female) and she was awarded the title after reviewing her application.
Following this, she published her third novel, “Beyond the Future World,” in 2021.