THE daughter of Limerick’s Jason Corbett has officially launched her first book which aims to help children who are grieving.
13-year old, Sarah Corbett Lynch launched ‘Noodle Loses Dad’ at a special event yesterday, December 2, at O’Mahony’s Booksellers.
Sarah was orphaned when she was eight years old after her father, Jason Corbett, was murdered in the US in 2015. Her mother passed away when she was only 12 weeks old after suffering from an asthma attack.
The teenage author has used her experiences to write a book which she hopes will help other children who experience loss.
“I thought it might help them, because I know it helped me when I was going through difficult times,” Sarah explained.
‘Noodle Loses Dad’ is the first book in the ‘Boogawooga’ series. It discusses important issues of loss and grief as it illustrates the story of Noodle who loses Boogawooga, a very important person in her life.
The book follows Noodle on a journey of loss and watches her move from her home into a new family.
Speaking at the launch, Sarah’s aunt, Tracey Lynch explained: “Sarah started to write her feelings, because sometimes she found it easier.
“She wrote the book because after going through really difficult times in her life, she learnt that reading about other people’s stories really helped her. So, she decided to write about her own experience.”
Founder of Children’s Grief Centre, Sr Helen Culhane, who also spoke at the launch, explained Sarah’s book will be used at the centre to give support to “children affected by loss through death, separation or divorce” and to help them “understand and express their feelings”.
Meanwhile, Southern Correspondent of the Irish Independent, Ralph Riegel, who has been supporting Sarah and her family for the last few years, commented: “It’s astonishing to have this level of talent at 13 years of age. This isn’t just a children’s book, because it also deals with issues that I think a lot of adults would do well to pay attention to.”
Noodle Loses Dad is now available to buy at O’Mahony’s Booksellers.