Mel Taylor-Bessent is an exciting new children's author, whose debut middle grade novel, The Christmas Carrolls (Egmont, 2021) is a cosy winter's tale about the pressure of joyfulness and finding your place in the world. The first in a series, it follows Christmas fanatics Snow and Nick Carroll, who want to replicate the magic of Christmas all year long - much to their children Holly and Ivy's horror!

Mel is the founder of creative writing workshop group, Little Star Writing, and Authorfy, an award-winning educational platform that supports teachers, inspires children and promotes children's authors. As director of Authorfy, she has worked with many major children's publishers, partnered with National Writing Day, and created the official World Book Day 2019 Author Masterclasses. In 2018 she was named as one of The Bookseller's Rising Stars.

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