Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Scholastic and Global Ed (GES) launch book by 13-year old with scoliosis
Every now and then a special person with an extraordinary
story comes along. For Global Ed (GES) Director and educator Jill Eggleton,
that special someone is Kate Chandulal; a courageous young girl with a big
heart, for whom living is a constant challenge.
Jill met Kate while volunteering at Starship Children’s
Hospital and was bowled over by her bubbly personality and imaginative writing
skills. “Kate’s book A Walk in My Shoes is a gem. GES have published hundreds of books, but this is the first time
we have published a book by an author as young as Kate,” said Jill.
Photo - Jill Eggleton, Kate & Tracy Strudley
This week, GES and Scholastic proudly celebrated Kate’s milestone
achievement by hosting a special Easter book launch morning tea for her, at
Jill’s home in Parnell. Kate’s launch was attended by teaching staff from
Starship Children’s Hospital, Skylight, family and friends, and was one of the
most heart-warming and moving I’ve ever encountered.
the many tributes read out at the launch was one by Heather Henare, CE
Skylight, who said, “Kate, you
are a great role model for anyone faced with adversity – despite the struggles
and pain, you have managed to push through and turn your experiences into hope
Kate was diagnosed with scoliosis at birth, contracted
meningitis at the age of five and now regards Starship Children’s Hospital as
her second home. Seeking solace in reading and with a gift for storytelling,
Kate hopes that the publication of her book will foster greater understanding
among her peers about what it feels like to be different.
“My longing in life is to be like others, to belong and not
be left out, like the ugly duckling was in the story. When I experience
rejection or become an object to poke fun at, I have a heavy sinking sadness
inside and want to ask, “Why are you being so mean? I’m just like you inside,”
Kate challenges readers to “walk in her shoes” and to have
empathy for those whose lives are different from their own. Kate’s message is
also one of resilience and hope; despite her physical limitations, Kate remains
cheerful and positive about life.
GES publish A Walk in
My Shoes in conjunction with Scholastic, as part of their ‘Into Connectors’
series. This series supports students to strengthen and construct meaning
collaboratively with their peers, and Kate’s book encourages responsive and
responsible reading by students.
Scholastic will make the book available to every school in
New Zealand and GES will sell it to schools internationally. GES have already
struck deals with educational distributors in the UK, US, North Africa and the