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Summer in Somersby: with eco awareness at its heart, new children’s book exemplifies the zeitgeist

Russell Wate’s Summer in Somersby finds Francesca DeLuca and her brother Joseph, planning a summer of exciting activities in their hometown of Somersby. Whilst building a den in the local woods, Joseph and his friends discover the results of a crime that has taken place. Can this daring duo find the culprit?



Russell Wate’s Summer in Somersby is not only a great read but introduces its young audience to the concept of environmental crime and the importance of protecting our natural habitats.


With delightful and relatable sibling protagonists, the author has ensured his story appeals equally to boys and girls whilst the investigative side of the story is made ‘real’ due to Russell Wate’s career as a police detective.


Epitomising the need in children’s literature for books based on real and topical issues, Summer in Somersby is a compelling candidate for the school reading syllabus of 7–10-year-olds.


Synopsis:

A Francesca and Joseph DeLuca adventure story.


Join Francesca and Joseph DeLuca on their exciting summer quests in their home village of Somersby!


Whilst building a den in the local woods, Joseph and his friends discover a crime scene, but can they help solve it?


Francesca single-handedly finds illegal pollution in the river, but can she track down the culprit?


And can they help in the battle to make Somersby a safer place on the roads and in nature for them and their friends?


The author says:

“Can Francesca and Joseph win the battle to make Somersby a safer place on the roads and for people to enjoy the nature that is all around them? This crime-solving, nature-loving, environmentally- friendly sister and brother have a summer of fun filled with kindness, friendship and daring adventures.


Published by Cranthorpe Millner Publishers, Summer in Somersby (ISBN: 978-1-80378-017-7) is published on 28th June 2022 and is available in paperback (£7.99) and Kindle format. Waterstones | Foyles | Amazon | Cranthorpe Millner

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