Teacher writes first children's novel

A virtual author visit - with a twist - took place at Tupton Primary & Nursery Academy for pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 and children learning at home.

Lesley Parr has just released her debut children's novel 'The Valley of Lost Secrets', and she is a regular supply teacher at the school!

Lesley used the online session to tell pupils about her writing process, her inspiration and she also read extracts from the book.

Headteacher Katherine Richards said: "The children really enjoyed hearing about the book. But it has also shown them that authors are ordinary people, just like them, and that someone they know well has achieved her ambition to be a published author."

The Valley of Lost Secrets is described by publisher Bloomsbury as 'a mesmerising mystery about bravery and brotherhood'. It follows two evacuee brothers from London struggling with homesickness and the mysteries of their new Welsh surroundings. Older brother Jimmy uncovers a secret that relates to the lovely couple who have taken them into their home. He deals with new realities that challenge all the things he thought he knew. Friends that become foes, and old foes that become friends.

The book has been Waterstone's Children's Book of the Month and The Sunday Times' Children's Book of the Week. 

See Lesley talk about The Valley of Lost Secrets here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=in1r8jClhu4 

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