Today we are featuring Inklings Book Contest 2023 finalist Maia Cavagnolo! Maia finished 6th grade this past school year and wrote a story called “When I Leave You” One of our judges noted that Maia’s story is “well-written and moving” and loved the “hopeful but bittersweet” ending.

***Please be aware that this story features depictions of self-harm, grief, and depression. Sensitive readers may wish to skip this selection. We encourage any reader experiencing mental health distress to reach out to a trusted adult.***

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