The daring, mysterious plot to get tweens to read a book

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The daring, mysterious plot to get tweens to read a book

Mel Lewis describes her first foray into writing for children between the tricky ages of 11 and 15+

Jennifer Platt

In Libertalia: Lost Fortunes, Melina Lewis (http://melinalewis.com) has created a melting pot of pirate dreams, African legend and mystery for teens. Best friends Karabo and Isla are drawn into age-old family feuds and ancient legends when the mysterious William joins their school, Dayeton College, at half term. Karabo finds herself drawn into a plot that involves not only William, but also Isla’s long-time crush Mzi Khumalo, the school’s head boy. As ancient battles reveal themselves in a smoke-filled sangoma hut, Karabo and Isla are on a mission to interpret the messages of the ancestors as they navigate their way through rugby derbies, holidays, the end of year school dance and exams. 

Lewis tells us the story behind the book: 

Libertalia: Lost Fortunes is my first foray into writing for children between the ages of 11 and 15+, a tricky age group as an 11-year-old and a 15-year-old can have as much in common as a potato and a cardboard box. That said, books can span this age group if they are able to hold interest, intrigue and romantic notion...

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