A local author has had some help writing her latest book from a group of Year Six students at a Croxley primary school.
It all began when Caroline Boxall, a self-published writer living in the village, met the founder of the charity Railway Children, which helps support street children in India.
Caroline said: “I was shocked by the harrowing stories. I had to do something, and the two things I can do are teaching and writing. Here was my chance to combine the two to create something worthwhile.”
Caroline began writing a children’s novel inspired by this subject titled The Runaway Children of Chenai. She was then offered a job at Cherry Tree Primary School as a catch-up tutor. It was there that an idea formed.
She explained: “I was asked to run a lunch-time book club. The children were thrilled to bits when I asked if they’d like to help me write the book I was working on.
“From my point of view, it was a gift. How many authors get to write alongside their key audience? I’m not sure it has ever been done before.”
The Runaway Children of Chenai will be published on June 1. While all of the children from the class have now gone on to secondary school, Caroline is planning a series of author visits at their schools where they can finally read their book in full.
To find out more about Caroline and the book, visit her website.