The author inspires a youngster during a visit to the school

Author Lesley Parr, students Eva Butelle and Catherine Ryan, and principal Claire Jones unveil a plaque in the new Liz Brazier Memorial Library at Coleham Elementary School.

Coleham Primary School in Shrewsbury invited children’s author Lesley Parr to read her book The Valley of Lost Secrets, speak to students and answer questions.

Mrs Parr’s book is a new war classic about three evacuees sent to a Welsh mining community and the mystery of a human skull in a hollow tree. The success of this first novel led to a four-book contract with publisher Bloomsbury.

Her book has already been voted Waterstones Book of the Month, and Ms Parr has also stopped by Waterstones on Shrewsbury’s High Street for a book signing during her visit to the town. This was his first live school visit since the publication of The Valley of Lost Secrets.

The students took the opportunity to officially rename their school library in memory of their former vice-principal Liz Brazier, who passed away a year ago. The Liz Brazier Memorial Library plaque was unveiled by Ms. Parr and celebrated by staff and new sixth grade library students Eva Butelle and Catherine Ryan.

Susan Caroline, of Pengwern Books, said: “We were delighted to support Coleham Elementary School with this event and to attend the library memorial. The Valley of Lost Secrets is a wonderful children’s book, and it it was touching to see the students so inspired by the reading. “

Coleham Principal Claire Jones said: “It is wonderful to invite the authors back to school and provide the children with memories to cherish. We are delighted that Lesley can be a part of our special day. Ms. Brazier was a great advocate for reading for students, and it is a fitting tribute to her memory and accomplishments at Coleham. “


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