Maria Tsiaklides, a 16-year-old sophomore at Pacific High School, has recently published her first novel, “Greek Fire,” through Xlibris, a self-publishing and print-on-demand company.

“Greek Fire” tells the story of a 17-year-old girl living in World War II-era Greece during the Nazi occupation. She befriends a Jewish girl and after moving to Athens to live with her aunt, discovers that her aunt is harboring Jews to protect them from the Nazis.

Tsaiklides wrote “Greek Fire” when she was 15 years old. She has loved reading since she was a young child and also loves history. When Tsiaklides was just 13 or 14, she set her mind to writing a novel and then went about making it happen. She plans to write more stories, including one about slavery.

“Greek Fire” is available online at and plans are to provide copies to local school libraries and public libraries.