The Other Things

By Jonathan Dransfield

An extraordinary story of how six children became the first astronauts to go to Mars.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

The Main Characters

The main characters of the novel are children. It's a challenge to develop them and and imagine their worlds. When I was looking for examples of talented children, Kirsty told me about an amazing African kid who made things from scrap. We've visited an orphanage near Bulawayo with Zulu and been touched by the children there. In honour of Zulu and his nephew Bheki I created two brothers from Zimbabwe as characters. There are many orphans in Southern Africa due to Aids.

It's always been Zulu's dream to open an orphanage and this week we had some good news. He has found a building and opened it for twelve children. They lack almost everything, especially beds. A little goes a long way and I'm going to help.

For every pledge made in the next month I will send them £5. If you'd like to help too, spread the word about the book. 

Many thanks to Sarah, Kirsty, Denis & Eta and Suzzanne for their pledges this week.

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