Cora Dernederlanden was worn down because she couldn't see her friends or go to school, was missing her usual activities and stuck in the house.
It was a feeling many people can identify with.
"When she was crying, I said, 'Well, you should write a story,'" says her mom, Christine. "And the next minute, she went out onto the deck and I didn't hear from her.
Then she came back — and she's only eight, but in teenage fashion she threw it at me like, 'Here you go, I wrote a story.'"
Now just more than a month later, the St. Catharines girl's story has been printed in book form with 10,000 copies. It's called "Cora and the Corona: One Little Girl's Journey in Healing in Quarantine."
Just more than 3,000 copies have already been shipped across Canada to help other kids dealing with the fallout from COVID-19.
"I just started writing" and it wasn't hard work, says Cora. It felt good to get it out, she adds, "but I'm still pretty sad to be locked in the house."