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An author has published his second children’s book – only five months after marking his debut.

Sam Bartram has used his time in lockdown to give his characters, Peter and Millie, another adventure in his latest book, Underground Escapade.

His first, Finny’s Star, which was released in February, featured in Amazon’s top 50 best-selling mysteries and detective stories for children.

Author Sam Bertram has published his second children's mystery book.
Author Sam Bertram has published his second children's mystery book.

The 36-year-old, of Cedar Drive in Attleborough, explained how he had used writing as a form of escapism during the pandemic.

“It was more about settling in to a new, hopefully temporary, way of living,” he said. “After a month or so, I started to be inspired by a few ideas, so I started to write and, after that, the words seemed to flow more freely.”

Set eight months after the first book, the story sees Peter and Millie arrive in London, ready to receive a special award from the Queen.

But their weekend takes a turn for the worse when adversary Derek Mooney escapes from prison and sets out to settle the score.

Targeted at children aged nine to 13, Mr Bartram, who works for Norfolk Children’s Services, hopes fans old and new will like the book.

He said: “Finny’s Star was originally intended to be a stand-alone story, but I had so many lovely comments and messages wanting me to write a sequel that I could not let them down.

“Providing there is an appetite for more Peter and Millie adventures after this, I plan to continue to develop the series and have a number of potential plots that I am looking forward to exploring.”



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