Mayor Mike Collins made the proclamation in honor of the soon-to-be 14-year-old author at the Nov. 18 village board meeting.
Thakkar, who has excelled at writing from a young age, will publish her first book on Tuesday, a day before her birthday. The achievement is the fulfillment of a wish for the teen, who has cystic fibrosis. The wish was granted through a partnership of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and publishing company Sourcebooks.
The teen, who is the three-time winner of the Plainfield Public Library short story competition and a 2011 "Great Read" writing contest champ, wrote the book when she was just 8 years old.
"The Adventure of a Lifetime" tells the story of Betty, a 9-year-old who thinks her life is boring — until she is magically able to meet the fearless heroine of her favorite book.
"When she actually does get a chance to go on a magical journey ... she realizes it isn't all she thought it would be," Ravina said.
The teen said she believes the book's publication will lead to bigger and better things.
"It's like the kickoff of my writing career," she told Patch.
In addition to having Dec. 3 designating "Ravina Thakkar Day," the Heritage Grove student will be back in the limelight on Dec. 8. She is scheduled to appear at a book signing at 1 p.m. at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in Naperville.
"The Adventure of a Lifetime" will be available for purchase at the event, as well as on amazon.com.
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