A Seventh Grader Inspires with “Starring Eliza” just in time for Earth Day

Young Boston Author Donates $1,500 from Book Sales to The Nature Conservancy

BOSTON, M | April 18, 2013

Edward Abbey, Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben and Annie Dillard are among the many writers who have used their literary talents to protect natural places they love.

Add 12-year-old Abby Richmond to that list. Abby is the self-published author of “Starring Eliza,” a book about a young aspiring playwright who takes action when she learns her beloved redwood trees will be cut down.

“I’ve always loved nature. I love, LOVE going outside and I love animals,” says Abby. “My family and I took a trip to California when I was in the fourth grade, and Muir Woods was such an amazing place. I had been thinking about writing a new book, and being among the huge redwoods inspired me.”

“The main character in my book, Eliza, really loves nature too. At the start of the book she lives in San Francisco, but she’s forced to move to Massachusetts. She finds out a month or two later from a friend that the governor of California plans to cut down a bunch of redwoods for new buildings. She becomes a young activist and uses her creative writing to save the redwoods.”

Like her protagonist, Abby is contributing to the conservation movement. 100% of the profits from “Starring Eliza” are being donated to The Nature Conservancy. So far, she’s raised nearly $1,500 for the Conservancy.

“Starring Eliza” is available for purchase on

Born and raised in Boston, Abby has written three books and gives the proceeds from each to relevant organizations. Her first book was “Very Berry,” which raised nearly $1,700 for Reading is Fundamental, the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization. Proceeds from her third book, “Beatrice’s Fortune,” are being donated to Music and Youth Initiative.

Abby loves to act, sing, play piano and soccer, and especially to read and write. Her favorite authors are J.K. Rowling, Louisa May Alcott, and Jane Austen.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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Misty Edgecomb
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts

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