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Sometimes you just need to have a little faith in yourself


Everybody in the kingdom is supporting the brave knight Leo in his battle against his fearsome dragons.

They try lots of different things to help him defeat them but eventually Leo realises that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself.


About the Book

Gill wrote the book for her son Leo who suffered from Ohtahara Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy.  Fifty percent of children diagnosed with Ohtahara Syndrome do not live past their second birthday. Leo survived until he was 6 1/2 years old, passing away in March 2022.


Drawing from the family's experiences, Gill created this little kingdom of people who are all trying to help Leo fight the lightning dragons using their various skills. Eventually, strengthened by their support, love and encouragement, Leo is able to realise that the most important thing to do is to believe in himself.

This beautifully illustrated book with a poignant and uplifting rhyming story encourages children to persevere and find strength in the face of adversity, even when it seems that nothing is working.

Through the story of Leo and his ‘invisible’ dragons, we can teach children that we don’t always know what battles someone is fighting and it is important to be kind because even the bravest knights need a little help sometimes.

Leo and the Lightning Dragons is published by Fledgling Press and all royalties from the sales of the book are donated to Children’s Hospices Across Scotland, who supported the family throughout Leo’s life.

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