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Believe In The Magic of Blackburn
By Christina Gabbitas
Published By

Poems and Pictures Ltd

ISBN 9781916254244
Children's Genre 7+
Publication Date 10/14/2020
Price 6.99
Paperback Hyperlink https://www.amazon.co.uk/Believe-Magic-Blackburn-Town-Centre/dp/1916254241/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&qid=1618816702&refinements=p_27%3AChristina+Gabbitas&s=books&sr=1-4


Christina was commissioned by a consortium of businesses (Blackburn BID) and Blackburn with Darwen Council to help bring magic back into the town centre. The story begins with Heidi, a foster mum, who takes her children Peggy and Imtiaz, both aged ten, to Blackburn Museum. Whilst Heidi sits reading, Peggy and Imtiaz explore the museum and find a secret passage in the Egyptian room. The appearance of a gold coin rolling down the passage captures Peggy’s attention. They try to catch the coin, but it keeps on rolling, taking them back in time and outside into the town centre of the 1800s. As they pay visits to King Georges Hall, The Fire Station Tower, Blackburn College, The Blackburn Library, Blakey Moor, Blackburn Cathedral, the Market and The Mall, they realise that their journey back in time is about bringing magic to the future.

Authors Biography

Christina Gabbitas is a children’s author and founder of Children’s Literature Festivals charity, who spends a lot of her time within schools inspiring children to read and write through her books and national poetry initiative. Winner of a Sue Ryder Education award in 2016, TPBP Dame Beryl Bainbridge Award in 2017 and TPBP Best Achievement Award in 2019 for ‘Share Some Secrets’ a story that encourages children to speak out, and is also helping the charity to raise funds with book sales. Christina is an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council. Her story No More Knives is helping to educate children and young people on the topic of county lines, grooming and knife crime.


Actress, Jenny Agutter “The story is terrific, E Nesbit and Lewis Carroll with Narnia thrown in. A wonderful way to have children discover the relevance of history. We will believe in magic! Well done Christina. “


Leave a comment about this book:


  1. A truly magical story that brings the rich heritage of Blackburn town to life. Well done on writing a great story Christina

  2. Brilliant story. Good luck.

  3. Simply brilliant!

  4. Fantastic book.

  5. Magical! Love this ❤

  6. A truly magical story and brilliant way to educate on the towns wonderful history. Well done Christina.

  7. “E Nesbit and Lewis Carroll, with Narnia thrown in. A wonderful way to have children discover the relevance of history. We will ‘believe in magic’! Well done Christina.”

  8. Wonderful! My granddaughter loves it ❤

  9. A wonderful story for children and adults too!

  10. Brilliantly written and inspiring so many children. Wishing you all the best.

  11. Simply Magical. You deserve to win.

  12. A wonderfully written book, beautifully illustrated.

  13. A truly magical book highlighting the magic and history of Blackburn

  14. Love the illustrations and the whole atmosphere from the museum to the children

  15. A wonderful Story Like The illustrations.

  16. A truly lovely fantasy story.People of Blackburn will know the locations.Brilliantxx

  17. Lovely story

  18. Well doe a lovely inspiring story.

  19. Love this story brings back memories of childhood. We all need some magic in our lives

  20. Lovely story

  21. Lovely story

  22. Lovely inspiring story

  23. A very interesting tale that promotes the imagination.

  24. Excellent

  25. Just what children need today awakening their imagination and sense of of imagination

  26. Fantastic story took me back to when I was a young child visiting the museum to see the mummy with my parents some 55 yrs ago.

  27. Fabulous!

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