Authors and publishers rally around Belton boy who lost his books in a house fire

The books sent in for a child at Moorlands Priamry Academy in Belton. Picture: @jonnybid

The books sent in for a child at Moorlands Priamry Academy in Belton. Picture: @jonnybid - Credit: Archant

Authors, poets and publishing companies have rallied around a 10-year-old boy who lost all his books in a house fire.

The house in Rosedale Gardens, where a fire broke out at the end of March.

The house in Rosedale Gardens, where a fire broke out at the end of March. - Credit: Archant

The Chapman family lost their possessions when a fire broke out at their Belton home at the end of March.

Father Martin Chapman braved the choking smoke to rescue his beloved dog Ruby, while his wife Sarah and sons Leon, 15, and Sonny, 10, had left for a dentist appointment just moments before.

Many of the family's belongings were ruined, including keen reader Sonny's collection of books - prompting his school, Moorlands Primary Academy, to take to Twitter to appeal for help.

Responses flooded in, with publishers including DK Books, Scholastic and Bloomsbury promising help, as well as author Anthony Horowitz, who is sending a collection of the Alex Rider series.

Headteacher Kevin Lee said: 'We've been bowled over by the generosity shown by both the school community and the wider reading world.


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'After asking for help on Twitter, we have been contacted by authors, publishers, bookshops, various reading for pleasure contacts, other schools (including other Diocesan schools) and complete strangers.

'What happened seemed to resonate with so many people. It gives you real heart that, out of a very difficult situation, such compassion emerges.'

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Meanwhile, Jon Biddle, Sonny's teacher, posted on Twitter to show his gratitude to those who had donated.

He praised other children in the class who had replaced some of their classmate's books.

• If you would like to help, books and vouchers can be sent to: Sonny c/o Mr Biddle, Moorlands Primary Academy, Moorland Way, Belton, Norfolk, NR31 9PA

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