Author's bid to inspire mixed race children with new book – Southend Echo

AN author is hoping to inspire mixed race children in his new book.
Writer Stuart Fryd’s latest novel includes a mixed-race girl as the main character.
Scarlett in Knoware will be launched in the town on Thursday, November 28.
The book, which has similarities to Alice in Wonderland, focuses on Scarlett, who gets more than she bargained for when visiting her dad.
Scarlett accidentally enters Knoware and must embark on a Wizard of Oz-style quest to return. But she is armed only with a map and a magic mirror.
She must make friends with mysterious fairytale creatures along the way, and when she returns home, she has significantly more respect for her father after becoming increasingly annoyed by traveling by train every Friday to visit him.
Mr Fryd, who has lived in Billericay and Shenfield throughout his life, told the Echo he is hoping that his new book will inspire black, Asian, and mixed race children.
The 39-year-old, who teaches at a school in Barking, said: “If you look at children’s books, in 90 per cent of them, there isn’t a mixed race hero or main character. That has to change.
“Children just don’t have someone to look up to or relate to.
“They don’t know who to dress up as on World Book Day.
“If a child reads books that are all about white boys and girls, that’s what they believe society is like. Life is all about experiences.
“That’s where the inspiration behind the book came from.
“There are mixed race characters in films, but not in books.
“I would much rather every child read books rather than only a few read mine.
“The book’s a modern, more urban version of Alice in Wonderland.
“There’s a few messages in there that are important for children to learn.
Scarlett in Knoware is being launched at Billericay Theatre on November 28, from 7.30pm.
We want our comments to be a lively and valuable part of our community – a place where readers can debate and engage with the most important local issues. The ability to comment on our stories is a privilege, not a right, however, and that privilege may be withdrawn if it is abused or misused.
Please report any comments that break our rules.
Last Updated:
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation’s Editors’ Code of Practice. If you have a complaint about the editorial content which relates to inaccuracy or intrusion, then please contact the editor here. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here
© 2001-2023. This site is part of Newsquest’s audited local newspaper network. A Gannett Company. Newsquest Media Group Ltd, 1st Floor, Chartist Tower, Upper Dock Street, Newport, Wales, NP20 1DW Registered in England & Wales | 01676637 |
Data returned from the Piano ‘meterActive/meterExpired’ callback event.
As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles.
Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services.
These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community.
It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *