The novel is inspired by the Noel Streatfeild classic ‘Ballet Shoes’.
It has been announced that Carrie Hope Fletcher is writing her first children’s novel. The title is yet to be confirmed “but it will be announced soon”.
— Carrie Hope Fletcher (@CarrieHFletcher) January 15, 2020
Carrie revealed that the novel is inspired by ‘Ballet Shoes‘, the classic written by Noel Streatfeild. She also spoke of how her book has been given the official endorsement of the estate of the original author.
It will be published by Puffin and it is set to be released in September 2020. It is aimed at middle grade aged children, which is between the ages of nine and twelve.
.@PuffinBooks bags Ballet Shoes inspired book from @CarrieHFletcher—the West End star and author's Middle Grade début is a "timeless yet contemporary tale". It will be published in September, to coincide with 125th anniversary of Noel Streatfield's birth: https://t.co/ibDmu6ZKMM pic.twitter.com/UWdBvpjWQG
— The Bookseller (@thebookseller) January 16, 2020
Carrie said that “part of the fun about writing this novel so far has been finding the balance of keeping the original magic of the Ballet Shoes alive, whilst giving it a modern updated feel”.
She has revealed that the plot of the novel follows the tale of three adopted children who live in a rickety old theatre in London with their great-aunt.
Carrie revealed that reading has always been her escapism. She added how during primary school, she did not have the best experience, so reading a book was her way of getting away from what was upsetting her. Carrie expressed that, “for [her], it feels like a really important and special thing to be able to write a book that will give another child that same sense of escapism”.
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