Young adult fiction author Cathy Cassidy celebrated the launch of her book Sami’s Silver Lining at St Hilda’s Church of England High School.
The event was organised by two Year 10 pupils Holly Hughes and Isabel Blore. They organised a ‘wear your slippers to school’ day and sleepover themed bake sale to raise funds for Cathy’s visit.
Cathy waived her fee as it was the launch day of her book, so the money will go towards buying copies of her book for pupils in school who can’t afford to get a copy and the rest to a refugee charity of Cathy’s choice as the main character of the book is a young refugee from Syria.
St Hilda’s also invited Year 6 pupils from Greenbank Primary School as a reward after their SATS. The school has strong literacy links with Greenbank. They also had the chance to meet Cathy and have their books signed.
Literacy co-ordinator, Jacqui Hale said: This was a wonderful event which brought past, present and future readers of Cathy’s books together, we also celebrated books, literacy, libraries and imaginiation but also got pupils thinking about some serious issues and what they can do to help.”