OVER 200 children were thrilled with the tale of Chloe Daykin’s ‘Fish Boy’ as the acclaimed author delivered two author sessions organised by Stockton Libraries service.

‘Fish Boy’, the author’s debut, has garnered plaudits from esteemed author David Almond, Scotland’s Poet Laureate Jackie Day, and numerous literary publications.

It tells the story of a quirky and big hearted boy who is struggling with the mysterious illness of his mother and is led into an underwater world by a talking mackerel.

Pupils from Oxbridge Lane Primary School, St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School and Mill Lane Primary School were enthralled by Chloe’s session with them at Stockton Central Library.

The author then visited Bewley Primary School for another session and book signing which also included pupils from Oakdene Primary School and St Joseph’s RC Primary School.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “These author visits are a credit to the Stockton Libraries service who give our children and young people the opportunity to meet successful authors and get a first-hand insight into the wonderful world of storytelling.

“I know how much the pupils enjoy them and I’m sure they will leave a lasting impression in their minds, hopefully inspiring them to develop their own reading and writing skills. We may well be celebrating more acclaimed authors of our own in the future thanks to these sessions!”

For more information on Stockton Libraries service, www.stockton.gov.uk/libraries