Granny and grandson’s first book
Whitby 12-year-old Cassidy Abbot has joined forces with his grandmother, Dinah Priestley, to write a children’s book.
The Wicked Plum Tree is about a barren plum tree and a magical gardener, who coaxes the tree to produce enough plums for the whole neighbourhood.
Cassidy started writing
it when he was 10. Writer and artist Priestley has already had several books published.
The characters behind the grandson and granny production are loosely based on Priestley, Cassidy and his ‘‘eccentric’’ grandfather, Tony Burton, who had a plum tree that was not producing plums and replanted it.
Cassidy’s advice to young writers is to keep at it.
‘‘You have got to be pretty determined to write a book,’’ he said.
Cassidy said his friends at Discovery School in Whitby had reacted to news of his book with disbelief, so he was planning to take copies for the school library as proof.
Besides his grandmother, he credited his teachers for helping him.
‘‘They have taught me a lot about writing.’’
Priestley said her grandson had the gift of the gab from a very young age and had always been like a little walking dictionary.
Dinah Priestley, and Cassidy Abbot and their first book.