A Garston based children’s author, whose first book became successful nationally, is excited to announce her second book has been released.
Nizrana Farook, who lived in Garston since 2007 and is originally from Sri Lanka, launched The Boy Who Met a Whale in January.
The author saw her first book The Girl Who Stole an Elephant being nominated for the Carnegie Medal, long listed for the Blue Peter Book Award, the UKLA Award, and several regional prizes.
Speaking to GarstonNews she said: “I didn’t realise how many people my books would reach. I’ve had parents and teachers tell me what the books had meant to their children and I’ve loved that. It’s given me the lift to keep writing.
“The book is doing well. A lot of readers came to it from reading my first book. They’re both set in the same world but are stand-alone books that can be read in any order.
“My first book came out just before the first lockdown and I was able to have a signing at Waterstones Watford when it was Waterstones Book of the Month. I found local people very supportive and enthusiastic about the book. From Denise of Tapestry Cakes who made the cake for my launch to neighbours buying books for me to sign.”
The Boy Who Met a Whale is set in a fictional version of Sri Lanka. It is about a boy, Razi, who’s watching baby turtles at the beach one day when a boat drifts in. Inside is a starving and unconscious boy, who Razi brings ashore and helps.
The boy is full of the most fanciful stories about a ship that sank, evil villains, sea monsters and a missing treasure he needs to find.
The second book was voted Indie Children’s Book of the Month by independent bookshops in the UK and seen on Channel 4.
The book is available at Waterstones and other bookshops, in-store or online. For more information visit nizranafarook.com