TEENAGE siblings Lara and Tom Woods have collaborated on their first book, Lizzie Reaches the Rainbow, a picture book with a strong message.
The Duncraig duo will donate part-profits from the book to Starz Dance Balcatta, a dance program for children with special needs.
Fourteen-year-old Lara said she originally wrote the book when she was 12 and her brother Tom, a Year 11 student, illustrated the book.
“It sort of popped into my head, but I always loved fairy stories when I was little and I think the idea for this story sparked from that,” she said.
“Lizzie Reaches The Rainbow, aimed at four to six-year-olds, is about a little girl named Lizzie, whose parents fight all the time and all she wants to do is escape.
“One night Lizzie makes a wish that she can go to the rainbow, a place where there would be no fighting.
“The next morning a fairy named Imogen answers her wish and takes her on a journey through the rainbow, and Lizzie learns a valuable lesson about the power of imagination.”
The Sacred Heart College students decided to share the profits from their debut picture book.
“My family has always given loads to charity, so I’ve been raised seeing my parents sharing their money with good causes,” she said.
“I’ve been dancing at Dance Etc. since I was eight, so Starz Dance is something I’m very familiar with and it’s very close to my heart.
“I’ve seen how incredible the Starz Dance program is and it seems like the perfect charity for me to split my profits with.”
Lara said the main message of the book was the power of imagination.
“When kids are going through a tough time, they don’t have to physically escape to find peace; they can just use their imagination to block out the bad stuff, to calm themselves and be happy,” she said.
“When I first got a copy of the book it felt so surreal and was such a special moment in my life that I never would’ve seen coming.”
The book is published through Serenity Press initiative KiddyInks Program, encouraging kids to write for kids, which is being rolled out across Australia for children from years 3 to 6.
Lizzie Reaches The Rainbow will be available for pre-order and launched officially on November 25.