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Martha and Mitch [Kindle Edition]

Helen Laycock
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Martha is humble and unspoilt, despite living a life of utter luxury at Lottery Lodge with her (mostly absent) father and stepmother, Penelope.
Mitch lives at the boys’ orphanage, a dilapidated mansion run by Ariadne Scattypants.

Neither child has any idea about the life the other is leading.

Between Lottery Lodge and the orphanage is a dense wood and it is here that a band of wild boys live. Mitch finds himself at their mercy, but somehow manages to scrabble his way out of the woods, emerging at Martha’s wonderful home.

However, here, too, things are taking a sinister turn.

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About the Author

‘Imagination is a wonderful gift, like a magical sixth sense. I often live inside mine - it can be a very entertaining place to be! It’s where magic is woven, secrets are revealed, danger lurks and surprises shock. It’s where all sorts of unusual characters dwell, all of them with a story to tell. When I get to know them and their tales well enough, I write it all down and, as the mystery unfolds or the enthralling adventure begins, I am swept along too, laughing, crying and quaking along with my characters, and breathing a great sigh of relief when everything turns out for the best at the end.’ Helen Laycock is a former primary school teacher and English specialist from the UK. As well as Martha and Mitch, she has written the following eight children’s mystery/adventure books for readers of 8+ Glass Dreams, Salt, Mandrake’s Plot, The Secret of Pooks Wood, Song of the Moon, Mr Charlie Chumpkins, The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins, A Mouthful of Chuckles (Poetry) She has also put together two contrasting collections of short stories for adults and is working on three more. She has collections of humorous poetry, one each for children and adults and has recently made her first foray into script-writing. Helen regularly enters writing competitions in the UK and has had around thirty wins/shortlistings for both poetry (serious and humorous) and short stories, successes including Words With Jam, The Ryedale Book Festival, Writing Magazine, Writers’ News, Writers’ Forum, Flash500, Thynks Publications, Erewash Writers and various online contests. She has four pieces published in the One Word Anthology by Talkback Writers and three further pieces are due to be published in separate anthologies this year. She has also had several pieces of flash fiction published on the CafeLit website.

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As a teacher, I loved nothing more than inspiring my students to write. The classroom became a cauldron bubbling with ideas until the children could no longer contain their enthusiasm and had to put pen to paper. The rewards were far-reaching: children who wanted to write and to read what others had written, children who loved experimenting with words. We made books of all they wrote and displayed them on a long shelf at the back of the room. They were authors.

Guiding them made me realise that I, too, wanted to write. It was something I'd enjoyed doing all my life, but I wanted to get serious about it!

I gave up teaching for that very reason and I began to write about what I knew the children had enjoyed reading: a modicum of magic, a sprinkle of the surreal, a pinch of peril, a touch of time-shift and strong characters with whom child readers would identify and champion. With intricate and unique plots, twists and surprises, the recipe for mystery and adventure was created.

To date, I have written eight children's novels and one children's poetry collection.

It didn't end there. I also began to write short stories for adult readers - and by 'adult', I mean grown-up readers! Many of these were entered in writing competitions, as well as poetry I had penned. I have been very lucky to have won or been shortlisted around thirty times in such contests.

As a result, I produced three very different short story collections as well as an anthology of humorous adult poetry. I have a vast collection of serious poetry, too, for which I need to seek out a publisher.

Four pieces of my work are included in the One Word Anthology by Talkback Writers, several more appear in The Aspiring Writers 2013 Anthology and another story appears in An Earthless Melting Pot as a result of being runner up in the Words with Jam longer short story competition. I also have flash fiction in The Best of CafeLit3 and a poem in Songs of Angels.

I hope you enjoy what you read. I certainly enjoyed the writing of it.

I have two websites:
Helen Laycock | Children's Author

Helen Laycock | Fiction in a Flash

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Most of all, if you have read any of my books, I would love to know what you think. Thank you.

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4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting story 17 July 2012
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I thought this was an exciting story. I had to keep reading right to the end. I was happy that all turned out well for Martha and Mitch and all the boys from the orphanage. I also enjoyed the descriptions of Martha's playroom and house.
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