CHILDREN’S author Lari Don launches the final Borders-based novel of her award-winning series with a visit to Melrose this Sunday, writes Kenny Paterson.
Maze Running and Other Magical Missions is the fourth book in the First Aid for Fairies collection.
It tells of a group of mythical beasts, including a selkie, a centaur, a dragon and a phoenix, taking part in adventures all over Scotland.
The series began with Lari’s debut novel, First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts, winner of the Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children’s Books. It was set in the Borders, with a scene at Carterhaugh near Selkirk.
Last year, Lari launched the Set the Scene competition for primary school pupils to suggest locations to be used in Maze Running and Other Magical Missions.
The book’s opening takes place in the maze at Traquair House, as suggested by competition winner Emily Wright, from Priorsford Primary in Peebles.
Lari, who also set some of the latest book in the Eildon Hills, said: “The last time I was in the Market Square in Melrose, I was heading up the Eildons with my climbing boots and a notebook, searching for magic and inspiration.”
She added: “It was a hard decision to end the series after four adventures, because I’ve had such great feedback from readers about these characters and this world.
“But the characters have grown up so much over the four books that if I kept writing about them, I’d be writing about teenagers, which would be a different kind of book entirely.
“Also, I have a lot of other ideas I want to explore. Saying goodbye to Helen, Yann and the other fabled beasts is very sad, but I hope readers will keep enjoying these books, and that they will also enjoy whatever I write next.”
Lari Don will be at Mason’s of Melrose from 2pm to 3pm to read from Maze Running and Other Magical Missions, and talk about scenes in the novel.
Further details are available from Mason’s – phone 01896 882196.