The Book People will begin selling a refugee tale by 10-year-old Frasier Cox next month, after the school boy won its bedtime story competition, with proceeds going to Save the Children.
Cox’s There’s a Boy Like Me, a poem about a hypothetical friendship between a boy from the UK and a refugee, was described as “incredibly touching and thought provoking” by TV presenter and judge Claudia Winkleman.
“It’s absolutely remarkable that a young boy has written such a thoughtful story and I can’t wait to see the final version when it’s released," she said.
Frasier worked with children's publisher Little Tiger and illustrator Alison Brown to turn his story into a book, which will be on sale from The Book People’s website next month (h/b, £4.99).
Sarah Walden, group buying and merchandising director, said: “As soon as we read Frasier’s story, we knew it was very special and once Frasier was selected as the winner of the Bedtime Story Competition, Save the Children were the ideal charity partner considering the theme of the book. The work they do to help children is absolutely invaluable and we’re excited to work with them to launch Frasier’s book and help raise much needed funds.”
The 2017 Book People’s Bedtime Story Competition was open to children between the ages of five and 11 and There’s a Boy Like Me was chosen from more than 1,300 entries.