DC Network has for many years now published story books for very young children to help start, with simple language, the story of their beginnings by donor conception. The Our Story collection of books has been used by thousands of families world wide in this way. But up until now the organisation has had to say, no, sorry, we don’t have a book for older children. All this changes from July 2015. I am delighted to be able to announce that at long last the wonderful story book that has been gestating for the last two years can be pre-ordered now from DC Network’s website – http://www.dcnetwork.org/products/product/archie-nolan-family-detective-story-8-12yr-olds
Here’s a taster of what’s in store –
Archie Nolan is just a typical 11yr old boy who likes hanging out with his friends and generally keeping a low profile. Except he’s donor conceived and has a twin sister called Jemima who’s a big show off and loves attention. Their class teacher, the over-excitable Mrs Smithers, has set a class project about their families. Archie doesn’t want to mention being donor conceived and decides to just keep quiet about it all. Unfortunately he forgets to tell Jemima about the plan. Suddenly she has her hand up in class and is asking the teacher “Do you want us to draw the family tree for the people in our actual families, or do you want us to draw our genetic family tree? It’s a bit complicated for me and Archie because our parents used donor eggs and donor sperm to conceive us.” Poor Archie goes bright red and is forced to start thinking about the subject … and he really, really doesn’t want to think about any of it. And then there’s the strange man, Mr Marsden, that Archie’s best friend Cameron is investigating. What’s he up to and why is he behaving so suspiciously? That’s far more interesting than the class project and Archie really wants to get to the bottom of it.
Follow Archie, Jemima and their friends as they explore what family really means in this funny, illustrated story aimed at 8–12yr olds.
The story is set in the UK, but the characters, storyline and topics covered make it relevant to other countries.
The main characters are in a heterosexual couple family and a solo mum family. The book contains characters in a variety of families (heterosexual couples, single women, same sex couples) conceived by different donation types (including sperm, egg, double and embryo donation).
The story includes the following topics: genetic half siblings, known donors, anonymous donors, donors who are not known but will be identifiable at some point in the child’s life.
The story does not include sex education, although it does cover how babies are made in terms of reproduction and some very basic information about genetics.