Three young Worcestershire writers and author of The Journey, Roddy Brooks launched the ebook they have jointly written on Wednesday 26 August at National Trust Croome.
The launch was part of Worcestershire's Summer Reading Challenge celebrations.
Aidan Brown, Abi Fox and Maisie Leyland, all aged 12 were the winners of the Roddy Brooks short story competition in 2014 organised by Worcestershire County Council Libraries and Learning Service and National Trust Croome. Part of their prize was the opportunity to work with Roddy Brooks and three experts in their field at Croome to write a book inspired by stories and the history of Croome Park.
Over the last year each winner has worked with Roddy Brooks and three Croome experts to create an ebook, Croome through Charlie's Eyes which includes a short story by each of the young writers.
The launch took place during this year's third and final Summer Reading Challenge event being hosted by National Trust Croome working in partnership with Worcestershire County Council's Libraries and Learning Service. From 10am – 4pm families took part in a packed day of activities including: the opportunity to meet popular children's author of Stinkbomb and Ketchup Face John Dougherty; puppetry performances and workshops; storytelling; family trails around the parkland; time to explore the new Schools Library Service mobile library; as well as the chance to visit Croome Court, park, play area and café. Entry was free to all children and their families having read at least four books as part of the Summer Reading Challenge.
Croome through Charlie's Eyes is now available for loan from the Libraries and Learning Service ebooks catalogue. All library members can access and borrow from the extensive range of ebooks and what's more it's free!
Kathy Kirk, Strategic Libraries and Learning Manager said:" We were thrilled to launch our first ever young authors' ebook as part of our Summer Reading Challenge events at National Trust Croome. It was a real privilege to meet Abi, Maisie and Aiden and listen to them talk about this project and their work with Croome historians; the result is a wonderful book that is now available to everyone for free".
Cllr Lucy Hodgson, County Councillor for Communities and Localism added: "What a brilliantly successful project! the young writers have all created such wonderful stories and have clearly enjoyed working with Roddy Brooks. Yet again the value of the Summer Reading Challenge has been reinforced".