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The Melancholy Moon by Fia Danes.

Author Fia Danes has had her first book published – and at the age of just 7 years old!


Fia is in Year 3 at North Primary School in Colchester. Last year she wrote a story for homework that really excited her teacher, Miss Jacobs. Headteacher, Mr Garnett then read it and thought it so good it ought to be turned into a book. Mrs. Heaton, a brilliant local artist, agreed to create the illustrations for it and her son and former North pupil, Connor, a graphic designer, put it all together ready for printing.

Now for the really exciting bit. Fia did not know about any of this until assembly on Wednesday 19th November when the finished book was presented to her. After the assembly Fia was filmed reading her book to her friends and little sister. They loved the story and enjoyed telling BBC TV reporter, Mike Liggins, just how much.

Fia will be in Red Lion Books on Saturday 22nd at 11.00 am to launch ‘The Melancholy Moon’ with a book signing.

A double page spread from Fia's book.
A double page spread from Fia’s book.


HHENRY@REDLIONBOOKSThis is our friend Horrid Henry when he visited the shop recently. This picture is of Henry showing off outside the shop. And when he wasn’t showing off he was really being rather horrid to the people passing by. We have a large childrens section here and always welcome children to the shop. You can come and play on our boat (or is it a train or a plane?). Or play with our much loved Percy Pig, Spot, and the Blue Kangaroo. Look at the books, a chance to see old favourites as well as the brilliant new books coming out each week.. Our stock ranges from baby books and first readers through to Twilight and other exciting teenage thrillers. We always keep an large selection of beautiful illustrated hardback editions of classic children’s stories and fairy tales. So if you’re looking for something special there are wonderful editions of Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, Alice in Wonderland and all the other classics.