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Last Updated: Tuesday December 13 2005 10:53 GMT

Girl, 10, writes self-help guide

Libby Rees
A 10-year-old girl has signed a deal to publish a self-help book she wrote when she was nine to help her cope with her parents splitting up.

Libby Rees, from Hampshire, wrote 60 pages of tips for kids going through the same experience.

Her hints for sad situations include things like: "Take a break: try to find some time to be alone."

After getting her publishing deal for Help, Hope and Happiness, Libby has been asked to write two more books.

Help, Hope and Happiness
Libby has been asked to write two more books
Libby's mum Kathryn Loughnan described how she came up with the book: "She was just saying that every time she threw a stick for the dog she was throwing away something that irritated her.

"We didn't really take it seriously at first but she went away, wrote her list and then came back and said she wanted to use the computer," she continued.

"Quite often if you don't seize the moment you lose it so I went away and did some housework and she got started."

Some of the money from sales of the book will go to charity Save The Children.

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