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Monday 16 December 2019

New chapter: Orders from around world for book by tragic Jason's daughter (13) that helps kids deal with grief

Book of hope: Sarah Corbett Lynch from Raheen, Limerick, with her brother Jack, her aunt Tracey Lynch and her first book ‘Noodle Loses Dad’. Photo: Don Moloney
Book of hope: Sarah Corbett Lynch from Raheen, Limerick, with her brother Jack, her aunt Tracey Lynch and her first book ‘Noodle Loses Dad’. Photo: Don Moloney

Ralph Riegel

An Irish teen who wrote a children's book to help other youngsters cope with heartache after losing both her parents in tragic circumstances has been flooded with orders for the publication from around the world.

Sarah Corbett Lynch (13) admitted she was "absolutely astonished" at the incredible reaction to her book 'Noodle Loses Dad', which was officially launched in Limerick last night.

The book has made headlines across Ireland and featured on RTÉ's 'Late Late Toy Show'.

The first-year secondary school student has been hailed for producing an illustrated story which aims to help children trying to deal with grief and isolation to adapt to a new family support environment.

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Sarah was just a few weeks old when her mother, Margaret 'Mags' Fitzpatrick, died in November 2006 from a severe asthma attack. Her mother was just 31.

Her devoted father, Jason Corbett (39), was murdered in the United States in August 2015 by Sarah's stepmother, Molly Martens, who had previously been her nanny.

Martens, with her father Tom who was also convicted of second-degree murder, is serving a 25-year prison sentence in North Carolina.

Sarah said the trauma of the past four years had only been manageable thanks to the love and support of her extended Irish family led by Jason's sister, Tracey, and her husband, Dave.

She said she hoped her book would help others who are struggling to cope with setbacks in life.

"The idea for the 'Boogawooga Series' came from my dad," she said.

"He used to do a mimic for myself and my brother Jack (15) when we were small which he called the 'Boogawooga'. It is one of the things we remember most," she said.

Now, such is the reaction to 'Noodle Loses Dad' that orders for the book have flooded in from across Ireland, the UK, the United States and Europe.

Irish Independent

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