29 Jun 2022

Inishowen girl features in children's book to support global charity

Inishowen girl features in children's book to support global charity

Sinead McLaughlin (Principal Scoil Íosagáin), Rachael McGee, Pauric McKinney (Sixth Class Teacher, Scoil Íosagáin)

Rachael McGee, a sixth class student at Scoil Íosagáin in Buncrana, has had her short story featured in children’s book: Tall Tales Short Stories.

The book is the product of a global story competition run by local tech company Learning Pool, and all royalties on the sale of the book (estimated between 20-34% of the sale price) will be donated to Make-A-Wish International, a global charity that creates life-changing wishes for critically ill children.

Just a few months ago, aspiring writers, aged between 7 and 12 years old, were invited to use their imagination to submit a story about a mythical creature. And they did not disappoint!

With hundreds of entries from all over the world, Rachael’s story ‘Audrey and the Angel’s Castle’ impressed the judges with her imagination and writing skills, earning her a cash prize and the opportunity to have her story published.

Talking about her inspiration for the story, Rachael recalls a dream that she had at the age of four. She used this as the starting point to write her beautiful tale of an abandoned mansion filled with unicorns and angels.

It’s clear from her story that Rachael has a passion for writing. She started to write very young, passing the time in rural Donegal by writing short stories and mini newspapers for her toys!

The Tall Tales Short Stories book also features a bonus story by a child personally supported by Make-A-Wish Denmark. 11-year-old, Saga says she often feels as clumsy as her protagonist – the eight-legged horse Sleipner from Norse mythology. Saga has contracted the disorder ataxia following a brain haemorrhage.

“We are very proud to be able to grant Saga’s wish to become a writer and so happy that she is featured in this book. Tall Tales Short Stories celebrates the shining stars all around us – children helping children.

"We believe that a wish-come-true empowers and transforms the lives of anyone who plays a part. Our belief in the power and impact of a wish is what guides us and inspires us to grant the wish of every eligible child.” said Luciano Manzo, Make-A-Wish International President and CEO.

Tall Tales Short Stories has been edited and illustrated by the talented team of Learning and Graphic Designers at Learning Pool, each story in the collection having been paired with its own eye-popping artwork.

The book is now available to order. With its stories of sea-dragons, werewolves, unicorns, wood spirits, and… gnomes, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who likes a tall tale. And best of all, it’s all for a good cause.

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