MAP will be giving away 80 free copies of the young adult novel ‘After the Fire‘ by Will Hill, to celebrate World Book Night on 23rd April 2018. Senior Youth & Community Worker Hannah Garrard explains more:
‘A book can be a sanctuary, an adventure, a place to hide or a favourite and familiar room. Good books are the ones which stay with us long after the final page is turned. Here at MAP we are eagerly anticipating the arrival After the Fire, which features a protagonist called Moonbeam who sees through the lies spun by a controlling cult leader, and eventually finds light within the darkness. It is a story of fear and hope.
Storytelling helps us navigate and understand our worlds. Everyone has a story to tell and giving young people the space and time to tell their stories is important to us. It made a lot of sense then to apply to World Book Night for MAP to become a free book distributor, and share our passion for reading and storytelling with young people.
Not everyone has access to books, particularly young people who live in the rural areas of Norfolk where the nearest library might be miles away—and there’s something special about being allowed to keep a book and not have to return it. Getting books out to the counsellors, advisers and youth workers who work in these communities was a big motivator for applying. Copies of After the Fire will also be available in the Norwich and Great Yarmouth drop-ins for anyone to pick up and read while they either wait for an appointment, or just fancy a quiet afternoon read somewhere warm. Counselling rooms and will have copies in them, and advisers will have them on their desks.
Any young person who would like a free copy can take After the Fire away with them. We hope that World Book Night will inspire more young people to read for pleasure, and give young people who enjoy reading an opportunity to discover something new. Perhaps After the Fire will ignite some exciting reading adventures… ‘