Molly Arbuthnott

"I had been a teacher for seven years before turning to writing; I wanted to read a piece of my own writing to my class rather than someone else’s! Having lost our family Siamese cat on a ferry a few years before that seemed like a sensible place to start as a story theme, whilst also providing some emotional support for me and my family.

I use my many varied experiences from life and living in different countries as inspiration for my writing. Teaming up with three fantastic illustrators has helped breathe life into the stories; which have started to take on a life of their own. Each story is loosely based on family or friends who have been important in my life whilst also trying to tell stories in an honest and gentle way, singing praise to things we have to celebrate in our world. Teaching children to look out for others, work as a team and not to be afraid of doing the right thing is important. Such lessons might then filter through and be reflected in the way we, as humans, live in the magical world around us.

The stories have emerged into three unique groups; Oscar and his adventures, Other animals and African tales.

I feel like the luckiest person in the world to spend my time doing something I love and something that brings joy to others, and hopefully you too. There’s no greater gift in the world."

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Athena The Cheetah

It was the beginning of just another ordinary day playing by the riverbank for brothers Geordie and Tony…..ordinary until things suddenly go terribly wrong. Living with the consequences is extremely hard for poor Geordie, that is until Athena the cheetah comes into his life. Together, Athena and Geordie can heal each other’s wounds, buried deep within them, and together they can give one another the strength to go out and create a brighter and better tomorrow.