Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It Could Be YOU! Children Thrilled at Offer of Prized Book

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

It Could Be YOU! Children Thrilled at Offer of Prized Book

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Byline: By JOANNA DESIRA

A KEEN Teesside reader could get their hands on a rare copy of a world best-selling book worth up to pounds 8,000.

Shadowmancer by GP Taylor has been chosen as the 'Book of the Boro'.

And to celebrate, the bestselling author has agreed to give away a signed first edition copy, from his very own library, in a competition run by Middlesbrough libraries.

Only about 50 first edition copies were ever printed.

A signed and doodled first edition copy is for sale on an American website for over EUR3,500.

GP Taylor, from Whitby, broke off from promoting his latest book Doppleganger Chronicles in America to launch the competition at Berwick Hills Library.

He entertained pupils in Year 5 from Berwick Hills Primary School and pupils in Years 4, 5, and 6 from North Ormesby Primary School.

The aim of the competition is to encourage more to visit their local library and is part of this year's National Year of Reading.

Mr Taylor said: "They have sold in England for up to pounds 8,000 each. This is from my own library, it's one of my copies - a one-off!

"I've given this as a prize because I want to get kids reading - not just my book, but any book.

"It's important also if it means kids come into libraries. Libraries are in decline, we've got to get kids into libraries and back into reading and away from computers and the television."

Mr Taylor said he was proud Shadowmancer had been chosen as the Book of the Boro.

"I'm really dead chuffed," he said.

"I lived in Stokesley for quite a while and I spent a lot of time in Middlesbrough when I was a priest and visited a lot of schools - I spent more time here than anywhere else so I am really happy to be picked as the Book of the Boro.

"For me it is more important to be in Berwick Hills than promoting my new book in America."

Becky Llamas, Year 6 teacher at North Ormesby School, said: "GP Taylor was funny and engaging and he was on the children's level. …

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