Written by Kira Fauver and Nicole Regelous, Illustrated by Samantha Faye

Meet Helix & Sammy

Helix and Sammy live on opposite sides of the garden fence. When Helix discovers what life is really like on Sammy’s side, there begins an adventure of revelations and revolutions…

Every evening, best friends Helix and Sammy meet at the vegetable patch to feast on delicious lettuce. Helix lives on the south side of the garden fence with the stripy-shelled snails and Sammy lives on the north side with the speckle-shelled snails. Helix had always assumed that life for his best friend was as equally blissful until one day he notices how sad Sammy looks and asks him what is wrong. When Helix discovers what life is really like on the other side of the fence, the two friends embark on an adventure of revelations and revolutions…

Shells is a book aimed at helping young children better understand systemic racism, the nature of privilege and the importance of standing up for equal opportunities for all.

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All proceeds from the sale of Shells will be donated equally between our chosen charities

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds aged 13 to 30 to inspire and enable them to succeed in the career of their choice. They also influence others to create a fairer society in which everyone, regardless of their background, can flourish.

The Conscious Kid

The Conscious Kid is an education, research and policy organization dedicated to reducing bias and promoting positive identity development in youth. We partner with organizations, children’s museums, schools, and families across the country to promote access to children’s books centering underrepresented and oppressed groups.

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About Us

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Kira Fauver

Kira Fauver


Born and raised in a small town in South Carolina, Kira has spent most of her adult life living abroad and traveling the world. Although her background is in laboratory science, Kira is a self appointed bibliophile. She has always loved writing, but her interest for writing children’s literature started when she worked as a library manager in Italy.

Kira currently resides in the UK with her husband and two children.

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Nicole Regelous

Nicole Regelous


Nicole is based in Warwickshire.  She has loved writing from a very early age, beginning with scripts and re-enactments of short stories to be enjoyed with her friends and family. Her passion led her to study English Literature & Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick and to gain an MA at Central School of Speech and Drama.

As a mother of three little bookworms, Nicole especially loves to write stories that help children to better understand and explore the world in the most fun and imaginative ways possible.

When she’s not reading, writing or daydreaming (preferably with a cat on her lap), Nicole is enjoying the outdoors with her young family.

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Samantha Faye

Samantha Faye


Based in Berkshire UK, Sam is a Surface Pattern Designer and Illustrator passionate about botanicals and cute characters.

Sam enjoys taking inspiration from nature and is inspired by Beatrix Potter. One of her favourite stories as a child was “The Tale of The Two Bad Mice” which is about two cheeky little mice who have fun exploring and generally making a mess of the children’s dolls house. Getting lost in her illustrations and the little stories she creates in each of them is one of her favourite ways to spend her time; as well as exploring nature with her daughter and super enthusiastic sprocker spaniel, who runs at 100 miles an hour more than she explores!

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Where To Get Your Copy of Shells

We want Shells to be accessible to all and for that reason we are offering it in 3 different formats, either as a hard copy book, an eBook for your Kindle device or downloadable PDF that you can print at home

Paperback Book

PDF eBook


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