Cat who is ‘huge part of school’ inspires book

Photo: Louise Scott
Photo: Louise Scott
A group of children  help author Wendy Clarke (pictured)  launch her new book, Mango the Arrowtown School Cat.

The story is about a moggy called  Mango  who visits pupils almost daily. Family and friends gathered at the launch at the school on Tuesday night when Clarke gave the  book its first reading and signed copies. She told well-wishers the original illustrations by years 1-2 pupils were given a pinch of "fairy dust" by the designer but praised all those involved in the fluffy feline fundraiser, which will raise money for the school. Mango, owned by pupils Levi and Ellie Carter,  inspired the  story,  Clarke said.

"He has just become such a huge part of the school."

She has previously written short stories and poetry for children and adults but this is her first picture book. 

Copies of the book are available at the school, the Lakes District Museum and online. Also pictured are (front, from left) Angelique Stanley-Jones (6),  Phineas Thomas (7) and (back left) Ellie Carter.

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