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'Magical' Suffolk parks feature in Haverhill writer's new children's story




A Haverhill writer and illustrator has released his second children’s story, one inspired not just by his own daughter but also by two nearby parks that he and his family likes to frequent.

David Howden’s book, The Tooth Bearer and the Masked Crown, follows protagonist Katelyn on her mission to protect the fairy realm from the Darkness of Disbelief.

She does this by encouraging her friends to continue to believe in the Tooth Fairies.

David Howden and daughter Katelyn on the Pooh Sticks Bridge at East Town Park in Haverhill. Submitted picture
David Howden and daughter Katelyn on the Pooh Sticks Bridge at East Town Park in Haverhill. Submitted picture

However, a new adversary has a different idea to fast track believers by dragging humans directly into the realm.

Just one problem they’re still human sized so they could destroy the realm and be lost forever.

David said of the book, the second in his ‘Tooth Bearer’ series: “Having lived in Haverhill for over 15 years, I really wanted to showcase some of my favourite local places in the book.

David Howden and his daughter Katelyn celebrate the launch of his new Tooth Bearer book with a cake cutting at East Town Park. Submitted picture
David Howden and his daughter Katelyn celebrate the launch of his new Tooth Bearer book with a cake cutting at East Town Park. Submitted picture

“East Town Park is one such favourite and is so magical it was easy to imagine this being visited by the characters in the book.

“We often visit there as a family to walk alongside the stream and play pooh sticks on the bridge.

“Another favourite location is Clare Castle Country Park with the old abandoned railway station.

“I really think they are hidden gems and we are lucky to have them so close.”

One of the illustrations by David Howden of East Town Park that features in his new book
One of the illustrations by David Howden of East Town Park that features in his new book

David originally wrote the first story for his daughter Katelyn, nine, who is the main character and the true inspiration for The Tooth Bearer series.

He admitted however, that it seemed a shame not to share the stories wider, so he decided to self publish them through Amazon.

Katelyn is quite the talented illustrator herself and has even contributed some of her own illustrations in the books, added David.

The books have been described by the author as being ‘really heartwarming adventures of friendship, magic and courage’ and are ideally aimed at six to 11-year-olds.

Both of David’s children’s books, the first of which is simply called ‘The Tooth Bearer’ are available on Amazon now.

They will also be available to order from other bookshops soon.

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