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New Buckenham author set to release DNA mystery sequel




Author Mandy Hartley is due to release her new book later this month..Pictured: Mandy, Annabelle (11), Jonathan and Harry (8)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3278043)
Author Mandy Hartley is due to release her new book later this month..Pictured: Mandy, Annabelle (11), Jonathan and Harry (8)....PICTURE: Mecha Morton. .. (3278043)

The stellar success of her previous children's book has spurred on a New Buckenham author to write a sequel.

Dr Mandy Hartley, founder of the Little Story Telling Company, runs workshops to educate youngsters about the mysteries of DNA.

After releasing her first book, The DNA Detectives –To Catch a Thief , she has decided to write a sequel, which will see two characters head off to the seaside, using DNA in the hunt for smugglers and their descendants.

"The book is an exciting page-turning story and one that, at the same time, teaches children about DNA and forensic science," explained Dr Hartley.

"So many children have been writing to me or coming up to me to tell me how much they loved the last book – it's amazing and the cherry on top of the cake."

Her new book, The DNA Detectives – The Smuggler's Daughter, is set to be released next week.

Dr Hartley has found her first book now being used in the curriculum of many school's across the country.

She added: "The whole idea is that schools can use the book as a cross-curriculum resource to teach science and literacy, as it covers a lot of areas in Key Stage 1 and 2. The uptake has been so exciting."

Dr Hartley was named Self Employed Business Parent of the Year at the National mumandworking awards in March.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be this successful," she said.

"Before this, I could reach children in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. But, as an author, I could potentially go worldwide.

"It's just amazing that I can reach all those children and teach them about DNA and science."

Dr Hartley will be launching the book, along with a workshop and activities, at New Buckenham Village Hall on Sunday from 10am.



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