A tale of friendship, buttons and forgiveness is being launched in Whangarei by two local women.
Latesha Randall has written and published her first book called Button Thief through her own company Button Books Ltd.
The 19-year-old fully funded the project and teamed up with Whangarei artist Esther Griffiths who illustrated the children's book.
"It is about friendship and two little girls who collect buttons," says Miss Randell.
Miss Randall says she has written stories her whole life and knew there was something special about this story.
"I really liked it - Button Thief - and thought I should do something with this," she says.
A year later and the final draft of the book is complete with dry point prints by NorthTec art student Miss Griffiths illustrating the pages.
It was the first book 21-year-old Miss Griffiths has illustrated and she says it was a fun experience which she hopes will turn into a career.
Miss Randall is also aiming to become a fulltime author.
600 copies of Button Thief will go on sale this week, with an official book launch in the Whangarei Library on December 19 from 12 to 1pm.
Button Thief can be purchased at the book launch or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A website will also be online soon with more information, www.buttonbooks.com.
- Whangarei Leader
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