I always like a good story about publishing, and today I found one. Here’s the opening of a new mystery now available on Amazon:
“Miss Peacock felt the warm tears welling up in her eyes. Ironically, she was, once again, reliving the final moments of the match which lead to the school’s fantastic victory in winning the coveted basketball trophy. Her smile grew bigger as she remembered the enormous effort the team had made and this caused her tears to career down her cheeks.
“It had been Miss Peacock’s lifelong ambition to hoist the trophy aloft with two victorious arms. Apart from basketball, Miss Peacock’s two more modest pastimes were knitting and the regular manufacturing and drinking of hot chocolate in the staff canteen.”
Thus begins The Catas-Trophy, a 140-page mystery about the theft of a prestigious basketball trophy from a school in London. The author(s): 29 girls, students in Class 5 at the Teresian School in Donnybrook, Co Dublin, ages 11-12. Each student wrote and illustrated a chapter.
The class teacher, Caoimhe Ní Fhaoláin, assigned the project to develop the students’ writing and teamwork skills. The girls voted regularly to decide the direction the story should take.
“It was a great lesson in diplomacy,” said Ní Fhaoláin. “They worked together to develop the characters and ensure that the plots are flawless throughout.” The students were responsible for the front and back cover design and illustration, blurb, and title.
Printed volumes of The Catas-Trophy are sold locally, and it’s also available on Amazon (currently 159,000 on the Amazon Best Sellers rank). Proceeds go to the Irish Cancer Society and Down Syndrome Ireland. Because that’s how the girls voted to do it.
I love that story. Right now it’s the top number in my “No Excuses” hit parade.