Orland Park High school junior publishes SciFi novel

Orland Park High school junior publishes SciFi novel

Orland Park High school junior publishes SciFi novel

Orland Park High school junior Aaron Hanania published his first SciFi novel this month, a tale involving a science experiment that has gone wrong.

Hanania, 17, said he was inspired to write the book because of his love for writing.

A straight A honor student for almost all of his school life, Hanania said that he wrote the entire book on his iPhone 6 between classes at Sandburg High school where he participates in several school activities including the Aquila school newspaper and student government.

The King's Pawn mystery novel by Aaron Hanania

Book Cover of “The King’s Pawn” by Aaron Hanania, published in June 2018 and available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and through the author’s website at www.Aaron411News.com

“Writing is so important, especially to young people. Although we have the technology to help us, I think we also need to continually improve our writing and communication skills. They are fundamental to everything that we do,” said Hanania, who was born in Yekaterinburg, Russia.



Enter your email address and

receive ALL of Ray Hanania's columns

Delivered by FeedBurner


“Writing the novel gave me firsthand experience in learning how to improve my writing skills and also improve my communications with others. So many of my school friends use the technology but don’t appreciate how important writing and communicating are to our future careers and our goals in life.”

Hanania said he enjoyed creating the characters in the novel and in developing dialogue that was “natural” and “realistic.”

“I wanted the conversations int he book to reflect what real life conversations would be like in each scenario of the book and I hope that readers find that achieved that goal,” said Hanania, who also has been playing drums since he was 4 years old.

“It’s interesting. Writing and music have a similar rhythm. There is a beat in music and a beat in writing and you have to maintain that beat so that people reading the novel can do so easily and naturally.”

The book’s plot involves a scientist who creates a revolutionary experiment called “The King’s Pawn” in which the participants are unaware of the roles that they play in what is intended to be a literally perfect world.

The scientist who develops and supervises the project soon discovers her “methodically controlled society” has created unforeseen tensions and an ominous uncertainty for the unknowing participants, while bringing her unimaginable profits, fame and power.

But what the scientist doesn’t expect is that the power of human curiosity can overcome any barrier, experimental boundaries or expectations.

Two children in “The King’s Pawn” play a critical role after discovering that they have unrestricted control over the experiment’s outcome. The future of this unusual experiment rests in their hands, creating thrilling and unexpected consequences.

Click here to get more information on the new novel, “The King’s Pawn” written by Aaron Hanania.

Author Aaron Hanania

Author Aaron Hanania, 17, who will be a senior next year at Sandburg High school in Orland Park in Chicago’s Southwest suburbs.


Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Click Here to LISTEN to Hanania's live radio show on 2nd Friday every month 7 AM CST. Click here to listen to Ray's Podcasts. 

His columns are archived here. Hanania was named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" by the New America Media in November 2007, and is the 2009 recipient of the SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing.

Email Ray Hanania at rghanania@gmail.com.

Suburban Chicagoland

↑ Grab this Headline Animator

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *