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Novelist visits Sibford School

Susie Freer is pictured with Sibford School pupils Henry Hargreaves (Year 6) and Eris Miles (Year 5).

Susie Freer is pictured with Sibford School pupils Henry Hargreaves (Year 6) and Eris Miles (Year 5).

Children’s author Susie Freer visited Sibford School this week.

The 65-year-old, who’s first novel Beach Dog is just about to break through into the US market, read extracts from her book and spoke to children about the importance of perseverance.

“I have written for many years,” she said. “I have written short stories and plays but, until Beach Dog, I had never written a novel. Now my first book has received great reviews from the New York Times, the second in the series is about to be published and I have nearly finished a third!

“As with anything you have to put your mind to it. But if you’re determined and work hard, exciting things can happen.”

Beach Dog tells of the exciting adventures of Nyima, a dog who has inherited a sixth sense from his ancestor Karma, a Tibetan Temple Dog. Susie dedicates the book to her own dog, Arthur, who was the inspiration for her novel.

She urged the Sibford children to write down or record events they experience telling them “you never know, in years to come they might be just what you want to start you off on your own story.”

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