Self Help Guide to Help Coping with Parental Breakup Written by 9 Year Old

From The Telegraph

A schoolgirl who was nine years old when she wrote a self-help guide to cope with her parents’ break-up has secured a publishing deal, her mother has said. Libby Rees, now 10, wrote the 60-page book entitled Help, Hope and Happiness, outlining the strategies she used to cope when her mother and father separated three and a half years ago.

Libby decided to write a list of useful tips for coping with sad situations and then sent off her ideas to various publishers.

The following day, she was contacted by Aultbea Publishing, who arranged for Libby and her mother to fly to Scotland to sign a publishing deal with the Inverness-based firm, which has also commissioned a further two books from the primary school pupil.

Libby’s mother, Kathryn Loughnan, said: “We had been out for a walk in the forest and we had been having a chat. She was just saying that every time she threw a stick for the dog she was throwing away something that irritated her.

“We didn’t really take it seriously at first but she went away, wrote her list and then came back and said she wanted to use the computer. When we got a call from Aultbea I almost couldn’t believe it.”

Charles Faulkner, who runs Aultbea Publishing, said Libby was the youngest author they had signed up so far.

Some of the money raised from the sale of the book will go to children’s charity Save The Children.

Get the book from Aultbea Publishing here.

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