AN ASPIRING author from Billinge has received rave reviews for his first book.
Andrew Maddock has released The Diary of Samuel Pope as an electronic book which will be available from major online retailers in the near future.
The children’s ebook tells the story of young Samuel who is given a homework assignment to write a diary for a week.
During that time, Samuel makes friends with Luke, who has autism, and learns about the condition as their friendship develops.
Andrew, who works as a teaching assistant at Lansbury Bridge School in St Helens, said: “I have written it as a book for children to raise awareness of autism so that they can learn more about it. I run the school drama club and have been writing the school plays for the last few years and the response we get from parents has been excellent.
“They are not your normal school plays, they are little classics. The book writing has followed on from that really.”
The 29-year-old, of Hartley Green Gardens, has plans to continue writing in his spare time.
He said: “I hope to keep going as this one seems to have gone down well so far. I have had this one for two years now trying to get it published and I have other stories I’m working on while I’ve been concentrating getting this one out.”
Lansbury Bridge School is aimed at pupils with learning difficulties and autism spectral disorders and Andrew said his future books would continue to highlight awareness of these conditions.
He added: “I will stick to the same sort of subject. I think they can be used in schools as a learning tool and a lot of schools have the technology now to use ebooks for the children. I’m hoping The Diary will soon be available on iTunes and the Amazon website.”
The book is currently available on www.smashwords.com and is advertised as an autism awareness story for children aged five to 11 and also “a sweet tale that has the critics raving”.
Debbie Elley of Aukids, a magazine for children with autism, said: “Andrew’s short story captures key autistic traits. It is a great story for siblings to read and great for the classroom.”