TWO Year Six pupils from the Wyche CE Primary School have penned novels to raise money for an African school.

Evie Baker and Josie Jarvis, both aged 11, have been writing hard since last September under the guidance of their teacher, Jon Westwood.

The girls are now selling their published mini-novels and all the money raised will go towards Gofu Juu, a school in Tanga, Tanzania, that the Wyche shares a close relationship with.

Josie said: “At Gofu Juu, the children get a plate of rice and beans every day but sometimes this is the only meal they have.

"When Esther, the headteacher, visited, she told us that having a full belly means the children are able to work harder and pass their tests.

"Each meal costs 5p. Our books cost £3 each, so for each one sold, we can fund an extra 60 meals for the children.”

Both girls have taken a darker inspiration for their writing. Evie’s thriller, Lurking In The Shadows, describes strange happenings at a school camp. Josie delves into a deathly encounter with her horror novel Darkness.

Evie said: “Writing has been fun, but really hard work.”

The girls are grateful to their head, Geoff Rutherford, who arranged for the books to be printed.

A book signing will take place at Malvern Book Co-operative, St Ann’s Road, between 10am and 12pm on Saturday, August 11. The books are available for £3 each.