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Children's author is tipped to rival Harry Potter for wizardry

PUBLISHED: 15:15 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

A FORMER Times sports editor has written a children s book that has been tipped to rival the Harry Potter series. The Secret Potion, written by Tony Flood, is released this month introducing fantasy heroine Jody Richards who has been hailed as a possib

A FORMER Times sports

editor has written a children's book that has been tipped to rival the Harry Potter series.

The Secret Potion, written by Tony Flood, is released this month introducing fantasy

heroine Jody Richards who has been hailed as a possible successor to JK Rowling's Harry Potter.

The book is the first story written by Mr Flood, formerly from Bromley and Sidcup but now living in Eastbourne, but it has already received recommendations by actress June Whitfield and author Jessica Duchen.

Ms Duchen said: "Readers pining for more magic post-Harry Potter need look no further: Tony Flood has conjured up all the wizards, witches goblins, pixies and spiders you could want and quite possibly the world's worst monster."

Mr Flood, 66, who now works as a sub editor for The People, said: "I want as many children - and adults - as possible to enjoy

discovering how 10-year-old Jody goes off to the magic land of Tamila in search of her kidnapped brother James. She takes on the forces of evil as a cruel witch places a spell on her and an evil wizard turns her new found friend into a frog."

Signed copies of The Secret Potion are available in the run up to Christmas for £4.99 instead of the recommended retail price of £8.99.

To take advantage of the offer, send a cheque to Sportsworld Communications for £5.97 (including post and packing) to Book Offer, 24 Brisbane Quay, Eastbourne, BN23 5PD.

Alternatively, the book is available online at www.fast-print.net.

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