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www.encotrad.com/components/1088-single-horoskop.php Lots of interesting things to think about after seeing these two films. Very relevant to the studying I have been doing on visual style and my interest in the sense of place within the moving image. Certain filmmakers jump out for their innovation and creative vision. For me, these two films by Agnes Varda are a great find. Seeing them on screen, as they were intended to be viewed, was a wonderful experience and I am very drawn to the way she sees and thinks about the world. Filmed in twenty five countries over five years, visiting sacred sites, disaster zones, industrial sites, cities and natural wonders, the film fuses together the ancient and the modern.

There is no dialogue. There is no text. It is not a documentary in the traditional sense. Instead, the viewer is encouraged to draw their own interpretation from the flow of images and music. Between these scenes is a kaleidoscope of oppositions, such as nature and culture, spirituality and materiality, wealth and poverty, war and peace. For example, in the fields of temples there is no one in sight; the empty expanses of desert; the sand filled rooms of an abandoned house in the desert; the derelict, storm damaged lounge, bedroom, supermarket, library and classroom in an abandoned town; the empty cathedral.

The film becomes more populated as it moves on. Such as the office employees, the African women, the tattooed man with a baby, the two spectacled employees, pole dancers, a geisha. Where people are present, the picture is not always a rosy one, such as the teenagers scavenging in a rubbish dump, men quarrying for yellow rock, the family at a funeral, men standing proudly with their guns.

As a meditation on nature and humanity. The images flowing through a series of associations, like the imagery within a poem. Scott makes another very interesting point about the film. Scott, A. When I read this, it made perfect sense. These fresh encounters pull the audience through the telling because each one delivers a new pleasure. McKee, R. I was impressed by Archipelago , right from the beginning.

Most of the shots are static, wide and lingering. The sound, both ambient and dialogue, is natural, punctuating the silence in which it occurs. There is then a close up of the artist working his brush in the paints. A solitary bicycle moves slowly along the empty road. In the following shot, the helicopter has landed on an airfield and the passengers are disembarking. One of the passengers is greeted at the gate by his sister and mother. Their dialogue is drowned out by the sound of the helicopter.

Instead of hearing their conversation, we watch as the characters greet and embrace each other. Their body language telling the story. The use of body language continues into the next three shots, as the characters make their way along the road, the young man in the back of a small lorry, smiling at his sister and mother who are cycling behind, smiling back. This joy of this moment is very endearing. This is quite a long shot, in which nothing happens. A single static wide shot of the scene.

At which point I got the sense that this was going to be the general style and pace of the whole film. We then cut to an interior scene, in which the three characters are standing on the upstairs landing discussing sleeping arrangements. Again, the action unfolds within the frame of a single static wide shot. Hogg adopts this approach throughout the film; allowing the action to happen within single static wide shots unhindered by the constant cutting from shot to shot that we are familiar with in most films.

This is an interesting idea and one that places the viewing experience of the film in a similar sphere to that of watching a stage play. Watching the whole body moving in the space in this way on screen, in a single wide shot, uncut, was unexpected and a little strange to watch at first. She talks about the ways elephants can feel the warning call of other elephants through the ground and how whales speak to each other through miles and miles of cold water.

She says that Mhirran talks all the time but never says anything real. And as she begins to listen more closely to her friend, Gail draws strength from learning how different creatures communicate. I hope this story will help young people and families talk about depression and mental health, and the different ways we can continue to reach out to each other through difficult and painful experiences.

Gail learns to ask for help and take the help that is given, and I hope this book, through a tale of magic and adventure, supports young people to ask for, and give help, themselves. The bravest thing. Kay had always been the strong one, not her. We stayed in for ages and when we came out our lips and fingers were blue. Everything is numb. Kay was the strong one. She needed Kay to be the strong one.

And so she had tightened her mouth and tapped at the window and shrugged and said nothing at all. Twigs broke behind her. They crunched in a creature-like way. She tugged her hair behind her ears, and shifted her rucksack higher on her back. Leaves crackled to her right, followed by the scuttling of insects disturbed. For the first time, she wondered why the deer had been running so fast. Perhaps something had spooked them in the forest…. Gail shrank her head into her jumper.

Who am I? Remember who I am. A crow burst upwards, startled into flight: something was moving in the forest. Gail froze. She could smell animal: damp fur and hunger. Every part of her body tensed. And then she thought of Kay and the way she stared everybody down without any other kind of weapon at all. So Gail opened her eyes. The eyes staring back at her were full of wilderness. Of hunts and hiding. Of exile and territory. They were full of night secrets and independence.

They were coral-proud and luminous. They shone. The island of Mist is under siege and Prince Ben and his best friend Odge Gribble — a hag — are in hiding. But instead Odge finds Lina, a nine-year-old girl looking for adventure. With the help of friends old and new and some very interesting magic, Odge and Lina must discover the secret of the mist, before they lose their beloved island completely.

Sibeal starts this story at the Island of Mist, where magical creatures including hags and harpies live under the cover of a layer of mist produced by white furry creatures, not too dissimilar to Furbys, called mistmakers.

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However, the island is under threat from evil harpies. What danger will the two encounter on this adventure? Beyond Platform 13 5. Which 3 adjectives and 3 corresponding emojis would you choose to best describe Beyond Platform 13? I think the most enjoyable part was being back in a world that I loved so much as a child. I read The Secret of Platform 13 when I was around 9 years old, so to be back and writing the characters was incredibly surreal and magical.

Can you describe her influence on you as a writer, on writing Beyond Platform 13 and why you think her books should be a part of every school? I find her work so very inspiring. I love how she played around with stereotypical fantasy characters. Odge Gribble, for example, in The Secret of Platform 13 is a hag but she looks like an ordinary girl.

She dreams of having lots of warts and impressive ear hair like her sisters. I love that play on the classic hag and it influenced how I played around with the concept of witches and mermaids in the Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids series. Beyond Platform 13 is inspired by The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson but which other books, people, research, ideas and inspirations have helped you to write it?

I started with the research and I hunted down every interview — printed and audio — with Eva that I could find. I wanted to first see if I could find clues as to where she would take the story. I found some useful things that helped guide me. For example, in the book she mentions that every country has a gump a portal to the secret island , yet we only visit the one on Platform 13 in Kings Cross. That seemed like a solid world building mechanism — a way of establishing a larger framework so if she were to return to the world there would be more to see.

My favourite find was the similarities between the way she described the character Ben and how she described her husband, Alan Ibbotson — kind, sweet, someone who cared for animals and was fascinated by the natural world. In the book Ben makes a den for the mistmaker a strange magical creature in the story and hides it under his bed. In an interview she says, when they first met, her husband made an ant farm and kept it hidden under his bed. I loved that parallel, and things like that were enough for me to believe that she would see Ben as a good-to-his-bones character, and that helped steer how I developed him.

Ben was interesting because he is a prince with power on the island so he could be someone to potentially corrupt, but the similarities with Alan Ibbotson gave me enough reason to believe Eva would never do that. So that was how I tried to work, to keep the heart of it hers as much as possible. For example, there is a new hag character called Netty, which is a nod to Newcastle slang Eva lived in Newcastle. Eva said whenever she was stuck when writing she would add an aunt.

So there is a moment when a character is physically stuck and a group of ghostly aunts appear to help. Also, if my name were Hans, I too would open a cheese shop called Hans-ome Cheeses. I loved writing at school and making up crazy stories and characters. Which parts of writing do you find energise you and which parts do you find exhaust you? Drafting is so energising, creating everything from scratch and watching all your ideas come alive on the page. But I also find it exhausting around halfway through when I start to doubt it all. When you were a child, can you remember contacting authors or any of them ever visiting your school and if so, did this inspire you?

This is something I think about a lot. I think at one point I thought all authors were dead — that the books had all been written. No authors ever visited our school although I do remember a bus full of books visiting once and it has stuck with me forever. She wrote across age ranges and covered everything from fantasy humour to adult romance. Beyond Platform 13 and Teaching 3. Could you suggest ways in which Beyond Platform 13 or The Secret to Platform 13 could be used in the classroom for the many teachers and primary school staff that will read this and wish to use it in their schools?

I found it was a really interesting exercise to return to a world that was already set up and waiting — the characters had been defined, the world had been built. It has definitely helped my writing, and I think a really fun exercise would be to have the children pick their favourite character can be from any book they like and write a short sequel story. They can contact me at HelloRitzyCity gmail. What has an interviewer or blogger never asked you before, that you always wished you could answer?

Finally, can you share with our readers something about yourself that they might be surprised to learn? Do you have a question you would like to ask the readers of The Reader Teacher? Yes please. I would love to know how they feel about Skype school visits?

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Do they think the children get much out of them and does it have as much of an impact as an author being there in person? When wicked Lord Colwich hires him to steal a missing page from a mysterious medieval book in his library, it results in Kit having to flee the city…. Review: Thrown headlong in to the mid-seventeen hundreds otherwise known as the Georgian era, The Comet and the Thief begins with an opening that oozes all kinds of tension and swells and stirs from the first chapter.

As we encounter protagonist Kit in the middle of performing a demonic fortune-telling ritual in the outlandish character of Ashentoth for a group of wealthy men, this story starts in the same compelling and captivating manner as it means to go on. The character of Kit develops rapidly and the reader soon finds themselves rooting in more ways than one for the devilish exploits of this wiry, mischievous do-gooder.

Caring for his love, Gabe, who is suffering with all of his heart and soul, Kit is quickly dragged back under in to the heady underworld of what he knows best: thieving, when a stranger who goes by the name of Lord Colewich requests his services to find a missing page of a book he has long sought after.

This is such a cleverly-written, historically-accurate, drama-filled and imaginative novel that will thrill and delight readers young and old; perfect for fans of Fleur Hitchcock, Eloise Williams and Catherine Fisher. Thank you Ruth for taking me along on this alluring, immersive and gripping adventure. The cover of the book is very mysterious and striking: a silhouetted someone running away from a place which seems familiar…. Designed by Gary Evans at Gomer Press.

When I was a teenager, my cousin lived nearby, and we used to travel in on the bus and buy our clothes from the antique markets, usually a fashion mash-up of army greatcoats and Victorian petticoats. It was a pleasure to research the history of that splendid place and use it as a setting for the story. Can you tell them a bit about it? It makes a complete orbit around the sun and back every 75 years or so. It last visited us in and is due its next visit in It is also pictured on the Bayeux Tapestry, heralding the Battle of Hastings in Two such different themes!

What attracts you to write about a particular subject? Yes, these two books are very different, but I only enjoy writing about subjects which interest me. I live in a family of keen gamers and I also love history so the link between these themes is…me! What started you off and what keeps you interested in writing for children? My first book was published more than 20 years ago as a direct result of my writing stories for the reception class I was teaching at the time.

An editor from a very big reading scheme company visited our school to trial some new books. When she saw my stories, she offered to publish one in a new series they were putting together. Imagine my excitement; I had always assumed that getting published professionally was way out of my reach!

It led on to my writing lots more picture books, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, plays and longer novels for a variety of publishers as well as scripts for animation and radio series. And all of it snowballed from that one chance meeting at school. So it takes luck as well as hard work to become an author?

It has in my case. But more than anything you have to want to write, really want to, if you hope to make a career of it. You have to be motivated and believe in your ability, but also be prepared to accept criticism. I am sure Ant Clancy has more mysteries to solve. I loved ghost stories as a child and still do. Funnily enough, a book of ghost stories! Creepily enjoyable! With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout and a special full-colour guide to the giants in the book, this fantastic hardback is a perfect gift. But times are changing. The future of magic is in danger.

Enemies are working together to destroy it — especially the magic of nature and its most powerful source, The Forever Tree. Unless three brave children fight back and believe in the impossible, soon magic and the cloud horses will be gone. This is the first title in The Cloud Horse Chronicles series. Click to download extract. A must, must, must read. Jamie Lee wants to be normal. But his ADHD makes him feel like his brain is full of butterflies. But perhaps they have something in common. Maybe being yourself is more than enough.

The difference between the two protagonists is immediately noticeable. As the character of Jamie is introduced to us through his struggles with his work at school, we see on the flip side that Elin is thriving academically. However they actually have more in common than first appears. Whilst Elin is a pure perfectionist who distracts herself from her father walking out of the family home by whiling away her time in fairyland writing fictional stories based on the real-life characters around her, believing that if she is perfect enough her dad will soon step back into her life.

Will she feel that she can continue to live with him? What will change her attitude towards him? Can they live harmoniously?

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Victoria yet again gets in to not only the heads but also the hearts of her characters and this story will surely permeate in to not only the heads but also the hearts of its readers. It takes an author with immense compassion, with perception and with to not just recognise the complexities, intricacies and eccentricities that are weaved into this story but to also write them with a nuance that shows that when it comes to emotionally-invested storytelling, Victoria really is in a class of her very own.

This summer I spent four weeks working on Book Bus Charlie in Livingstone, visiting local communities and helping run story and craft activities in the primary schools and libraries which the reading charity has partnered with. The Book Bus charity was founded in by publisher Tom Mascheler, and initially began work with schools in Zambia, before opening further reading schemes in Malawi and Ecuador in The teams also run regular reading sessions at community and public libraries, with the staff in Ecuador running an after-school programme of remedial reading sessions for children struggling in the classroom.

Over the summer, international volunteers are invited to join the Zambia project for between two and four weeks, planning and running story sessions, reading activities, and crafts in the primary schools and libraries around Livingstone. Well, the day starts early on Monday-Fridays, with breakfast from 7am depending on how far away the school to be visited that week is. This gives the volunteers plenty of time for sight-seeing along the way, and elephants and zebras are often spotted along the road through the national park.

Reaching the school, the team sings songs with the children in a big group, often learning local songs and dances in return, before splitting into smaller groups in classrooms and on mats outside. The children enjoyed making lion masks, monkey finger puppets and a giant tortoise to act out the story at the end of the week.

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons are spent in one of the local community libraries, reading one-to-one with children and helping them develop their literacy skills and English vocabularies. This is particularly important as English is the official language of Zambia, however there are a total of 73 languages spoken in the country, and children are taught in their local language in Grades in school, and are taught in English from Grade 4, which can be confusing in terms of learning to read a new set of phonics to go with all of the new English words.

On returning to the Lodge, volunteers have the chance to wash away the dry season dust, have dinner, continue planning, or have some time to relax. This year some of the evening activities involved card games, roasting marshmallows over a brazier while trying to stop them being eaten by the tame Lodge zebras! One of the highlights of working with The Book Bus is being part of a team of enthusiastic volunteers who have come together to share their time and effort for a common purpose.

It definitely gives you all the feels. I found him underneath a tree, not somewhere a star should be! When a little girl discovers a star who has fallen to Earth, she takes him home and nurses him back to health. As the little girl learns more about the star with each passing day, she realises that at times they live very different lives from each other.

With the star being nocturnal, unable to communicate verbally and shining so bright during the night, the little girl starts to recognise that her house may not be the best place for this well-again star. Opening the window wide, the star returns to its natural habitat and is able to live once again in the night sky shining down on the little girl and the world below thanks to the love, care and devotion shown by she. With soft, expressive and characterful illustrations from Rosalind, this heartwarming story emits empathy from its pages within.

This sweet-natured story about letting go sometimes to the things you love most dearly would be brilliant for sharing at bedtime, in assembly time in schools for a younger audience or for reading at home between parent and child. It definitely succeeds so well in giving you all the feels. Even inanimate objects and toys draw her affection and sympathy, we can have cars with plasters on and stones wrapped in blankets. The little girl in My Pet Star finds a fallen star in her garden and nurses it back to health, but Pet Star is representative of many things… it could be a hedgehog, a small bird fallen from its nest, a sick parent, sibling, friend or even our own mental health or inner child.

Feeling small and helpless in the world themselves, it is powerful for a child to be able to reassure someone they perceive to be more vulnerable. Treating others — be they human or animal — with respect and tenderness. Just curiosity and an open heart allowing the needs of another to be observed and understood. I love the instinctive kindness of George the Giant who helps the animals he meets on his journey even when this results in his own comfort. My shoe!

Look what it means to someone else! Lost and Found — Oliver Jeffers. Noi reacts quickly to help the storm whale; keeping him wet in the bath, reading to him, playing music, feeding him. How to Hide a Lion — Helen Stephens. Similarly, Iris dedicates herself to caring for the lion — brushing his mane and offering a bandage for his sore paw.

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She elects herself sole defender of the lion from suspicious grown-ups and this beautifully captures the way children feel themselves to be the equals of animals. Big thanks to Corrinne, Alison and all the team at Hachette for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of the My Pet Star blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Corrinne for writing such a brilliant guest post! Every dog will have its day but for Cosmo, this extraordinary dog will absolutely have your heart fur-ever.

He knows exactly what to do. Cosmo is a Golden Retriever. I grew up having dogs in my life. So even then — at that very young age — I knew all too well the strength in the bond of a dog and its family. Therefore this story, personally, has so much more to it than just its words. With warmth, with feeling and with so much sentiment that I think my heart could burst, it takes its readers on the most endearing and captivating of journeys through the twists, turns and turmoils of family life. I vowed to protect Max — and my family — doggedly, for the rest of my life.

Elderly golden retriever Cosmo lives with Max, his owner, or as he prefers to see it, his brother and his family. Their unbreakable bond is and becomes even more inseparably, indescribably beautiful as the story goes on. These lessons being that Cosmo and Max find themselves entering themselves into a dog-dancing competition in a bid to stop, what Max thinks is, the impending separation of his parents and the separation of him from his dog as the family splits quite literally in half.

It would feel unjust and unfair because, for me, it is unique. Never stay out after the Switching Hour… never let the outside in…. Every night, at twilight, Amaya locks her door to keep out the Badeko, a creature that vanishes children away to devour their dreams. Fishing in her local river, we are introduced to Amaya who lives with her grandmother, her small brother Kaleb and her pet goat Tau. Always hungry.

Always thirsty. The legend of Badeko. A monster. A demon. A beast. A dream-eating devil who steals away children at night. To stop Badeko, every night the doors must be locked at twilight. Will she be able to protect what matters most to her? As I drifted off, I had the uneasy feeling of something left undone. Snatched away in the dead of night in the clutches of this creature, Amaya awakes to find her brother gone; her worst nightmares coming true; her heart and soul ripped out; her world torn apart and thus the start of a creepy, compulsive and compelling adventure in which she must undertake to face her deepest and darkest fears across the Blackened Forest to seek out the Dead Tree — where Badeko calls home — to bring her brother from the back of beyond.

Legend has it that once Badeko claims a child, all relatives will forget their existence within three days and be left in a state of eternal grief and mourning. They call it the Sorrow Sickness, so can Amaya rescue her sibling before this lingering longing sets in? In its central character of Amaya, Damaris has created a heroine of unforgettable power.

With her faithful goat-friend Tau for company, she finds herself as much on a physically-arduous journey as a mentally-testing one. Her haunting yet hopeful words and worlds so atmospherically realised here suggest she could be the next and natural successor to Hardinge. When I started writing The Switching Hour , I had been interested in climate issues for a long time and it was important to me that the story had a connection to this crucial topic, without being too taken over by it.

In The Switching Hour a dream eating creature is awoken by a terrible drought. This monstrous creature is my interpretation of our global changing climate, as the drought threatens to devour all life. It preys on young children by eating their dreams, in the same way climate change will affect generation to come. In The Switching Hour , while the adults hide away behind locked doors, it is the children who are brave and take action. In our real world, it is young people who are also leading the way when it comes to creating awareness about climate change.

The young activist Greta Thunberg is inspiring global protests, urging politicians to take action, and proving that no matter how old you are, your voice matters! With demands from social media to connect and engage, to the bombardment of the news and the pressures to achieve, young people often feel like they have little control over the world around them, which is why The Switching Hour is ultimately a story of courage and hope.

It may seem like there is too much that is out of our control, but there is still so much that is. Big thanks to Damaris, Mary and all the team at Scholastic for inviting me to share my thoughts as part of The Switching Hour blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Damaris for writing such a brilliant and insightful guest post!

Featured Leave a comment. Nicki is establishing herself very much as the Christie for children. Welcome to the Bad Luck Lighthouse. In solving the mystery at the Last Chance Hotel, Seth has discovered a world of magic. Swept up in a new case at Snakesmouth Lighthouse — the murder of eccentric owner Mina Mintencress — he is determined to prove himself.

With the help of his cat, Nightshade, Seth must put his new-found magic to the test. Storms are battering the lighthouse outside; guests are not forthcoming and with staff leaving or who have already left in their droves, this seems like another sinister setting that no-one wants to visit.

This series is without doubt becoming the recommended read for mystery lovers young and old. Coral Glen sees the world through a rainbow of colours not visible to others. She meets a mysterious boy who offers to help her say a last goodbye to Gran — in exchange, Coral must stop an evil spirit from escaping the graveyard, and go on a daring adventure full of witches, ghosts and other things lurking beneath the surface of her not-so-ordinary-after-all town….

I was no stranger to the place as it was where my grandparents had lived. As a kid, it became impossible to separate folklore from historical fact. I could imagine the past creeping out from the shadows to coexist with the present and was keen to capture this sense of magic and danger lurking around every corner. I have my grandparents to thank, as they were the ones who planted the seeds for this colourful tale. At the heart of this story is a girl who is bereft at the loss of her grandmother and will do anything to see her one last time before she crosses over to heaven.

It made me wonder what you would be prepared to do to make this happen. Coral Glen chooses to risk everything for the chance of a final farewell with her gran. Coral Glen sees a rainbow of colours not visible to others. I used to work as an art director in advertising and fell in love with the names of paints. It was as if they could, somehow, magically transform your life for the better. I wanted the different colours to add an extra layer of vibrancy to the story as well as to be positively life-changing for Coral Glen.

I never got to meet my grandpa Forrest. Nothing strange there you might think — until I tell you that he had died many years before I was born. Big thanks to Juliette, Mary and all the team at Scholastic for inviting me to host this guest post as part of the The True Colours of Coral Glen blog tour and for sending me an advance copy in exchange for this review. Extra thanks to Juliette for writing such a insightful and suitably supernatural guest post!

Milla sees a man murdered and finds herself caring for the last four dragon eggs. Forced to keep them secret amidst the growing tensions on the island of Across, Milla must fight to save the dragons and everything that their return stands for. Dragon Daughter 5. I kept getting stuck and putting it aside, and I must have done about 20 drafts, especially of the second half of the book. So it was her vision and love of the story that really inspired me and helped me to write it. I love books about dragons. More of that soon!! I loved writing the hatching scene! It was a joy to write, and for this chapter at least the words came tumbling out.

Milla — and the reader! Thank you so much! Ah, I wish I could say Milla, but she is what I wish I were like, so resilient and resourceful and courageous. I loved writing at school. We had an amazing teacher in Year 4 who gave us wonderful writing prompts and I first noticed how time could disappear while I was writing. I love the energy and excitement of a first draft, but it is also quite nerve-racking — is this a story?

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Can I write it? I have come to enjoy editing, but I always get daunted just before a new round of edits. I met Berlie Doherty on an Arvon course when I was seventeen, and she read from the unfinished manuscript of Dear Nobody and actually asked for our opinions on it. That blew me away! Dragon Daughter and Teaching 3. In this exciting fantasy adventure, servant girl Milla witnesses a murder and finds herself caring for the last four dragon eggs, but as unrest spreads across the island of Arcosi, who can she trust?

A teacher friend of mine, Susan Williams, very kindly created some classroom resources and lesson plans, some focusing on life cycles, and also using the idea of dragon eggs as story prompts for descriptive writing. The story also has themes of migration and tolerance, which can be used for discussions of those subjects in a fantasy-based way. That would be wonderful! Please contact me via lizflanagan. What do you wish authors knew before they came into school — if you can narrow it down!!

Thank you so much Liz for taking the time to answer my questions! Enter the unique world of the Spell Breathers! I often think about magic. I think we all often think about magic. But within the pages of this very special story, magic comes to life in an equally special way. Breathed to life. By the name of spells. Spells with a capital S. Spells that are strong and wrap around you and which possess a magic of their very own.

However should those words come out in the wrong order or be directed in the wrong direction, then these Spells can cause a chaos of their very own too. Not only does she service the locals with her powers but she also preserves the barrier that is keeping their town, Penderin, safe. I went to see Garth Nix talk at the Hay Festival. It was my first ever author talk, and it was wonderful. Along the way, I realised there was one aspect of story I already knew inside out and back to front. I already knew that the best adventures were filled with high stakes and personal challenges.

How did I know? I left the UK on my own and made friends along the way. We slept on trains and visited friendly elephant reserves. We sailed down the Ganges to beautiful Varanasi. We slept in tents on the high plains and under the stars in the deserts. We climbed mountains, and on the last night, we climbed to an abandoned part of the Great Wall of China and camped in a dazzling lightning storm. Yes, my hair really was that red. My hardest adventure was climbing Kilimanjaro. The peak is 5, metres and a three-day hike from the park entrance. The higher you climb, the colder it gets and the water in your bottle freezes.

The final push begins at 11pm at night, where you climb the steep scree slope under a star filled sky. The idea is to be at the top for sunrise. It sounds wondrous, but by this point all you can think about, for hours and hours, is putting one foot in front of the other. I sat on a rock and watched the sun crest the horizon, mesmerised by its red, orange and golden glory. By that point I was empty. And I was sure I had no energy to get down either. Did Kilimanjaro have mountain rescue? But I was wrong. I did have more. Talk about the power of words! Come on in! If you want to know about that one, come by an event or signing table and ask.

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I try to bring all my adventures into my writing. I hope you enjoy The Last Spell Breather, and it inspires you just like the stories I read as a child to have adventures of your own. Julie Pike — Biography. Julie grew up on a council estate, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Welsh Valleys.

She is passionate about adventure stories, and volunteers in local schools and libraries in Dorset, helping children find stories that excite them. She is passionate about real-life adventures too, and has crawled inside the great pyramid of Giza, travelled to the peak of Kilimanjaro, and camped on the Great Wall of China in a lightning storm.

Twitter: juliepike. From animals mistaking it for food to rivers getting clogged up with it, pesky plastic is causing all sorts if problems for our planet. But the good news is we can do something about it! Review: As the first line of the blurb says, plastic is everywhere. Plastic is in places it should not belong. Kicking the book off by making us think about materials, their properties and exactly what things are made of, Neal puts us headfirst into the history and the headlines of plastic. With surprising facts such as that there was no plastic on this Earth one hundred and fifty years ago and introducing to super scientific vocabulary and terminology like biodegradable within the first five pages, this is a book for all ages.

This fantastic non-fiction book takes on the task of raising awareness amongst us all in the plight against plastic and for that, it should be highly commended. So much so, that it stands apart from any other book about conservation, looking after our planet and raising global issues, that it should belong it every classroom up and down the country for our next generations. And therefore, I urge you to get this book.

In fact no, I urge the government to do something about this book if they are serious about solving this plastic problem and get it in to schools. Reduce, Reuse , Recycle. A reusable bag is more than good enough. Carrier bags can also be reused in the shops or as bin bags around the house. Paper bags make useful wrapping paper and twist ties can be used to secure loose items together, such as computer wires.

Yet we have become such a throwaway society we have almost forgotten about reusables. Introduced in Wales in , a charge to pay for plastic bags has done its bit to try to help this problem. By cleaning glass jars and small pots, you can use them as small containers to store odds and ends. We do this in school with the big baked beans tins that our canteen uses. Now they store headphones, stationery and all manner of things in classrooms!

Packaging like foil and egg cartons can be donated to schools and nurseries, where they can be use in art and craft projects. The children love junk modelling and with their imaginations can make foil in to the fantastic and egg cartons in to the extravagant!

A big reusable that I am now starting to see publishers doing which is very promising is with envelopes. By sticking labels over the address you can reuse envelopes to send your mail! Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but no one realises how hard it is! Photo credit: Tallulah Foster. I researched online for the chess moves and had them checked and rechecked by an experienced club chess player.

I also interviewed two children with ADHD along with two class support workers. Of course I also used my own experiences of ADHD, as it was very evident during the writing of the book because I wrote it in half-hour burst. Discovering the characters and watching them grow, was my favourite part. I loved Felix, Granddad and Jake, and each morning when I sat at my computer it was like going back and meeting my friends. I found them all very easy to write, or maybe I should say, natural. However, I did play at school and in one lunchtime I was winning a game comfortably until my opponent opened his lunchbox and pulled out a peanut butter sandwich.

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I hate peanut butter and the smell of it made me feel so sick I lost the game. I used to write short stories and poems about my classmates in secondary school. It was huge fun, and much like the class comedian it made me quite popular, and we all want to be that.

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I loved writing in general, especially in English and History. I remember us both laughing. The first draft is the most fun by far. I loved reading Bobby Brewster stories and when the author H E Todd came to my school, I was the happiest kid on the planet. He and his books smelt of tobacco and as he signed my copy, I told him I was writing a story about a crocodile that lived under my living room carpet. He said it was a great idea and that I should finish the story.

It was the most exciting time and makes me realise the importance of talking but also listening to kids when I visit schools. It would have to be Lisa Thompson. However, thankfully I continued. Check Mates and Teaching 3. A boy with ADHD learns that the best lessons come in the most unexpected places and from whom you least expect. For example, they could talk to their grandparents and share stories about them in class. This could lead to empathy with Grandparents and understanding. What did they learn about their lives?

What might child and Grandparent learn from each other. Learn to play chess…link to maths, problem solving skills, planning, strategy, patience, focus and self-discipline. Promote discussions about sportsmanship and fair play. Cold War, Berlin Wall are not usually studied in Primary schools, so a refreshing topic to raise and for children to be curious about.

Promote discussion on separation and the value of family unit. How does your deafness affect your writing? A young girl asked me this a couple of weeks ago and I thought it best question in a long while. Extra thanks to Stewart for answering my questions! The International Yeti Collective. There is the fear that the earth is losing the last regions where myths can flourish.

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Ella is trekking through the Himalayas with her broadcasting-explorer uncle searching for yeti, but what seems like the adventure of a lifetime is cut short when she realizes that these secretive creatures might not want to be found. Unbeknownst to them, their actions will set off a series of events that will threaten the existence of yeti all over the world. How can they make things right? The International Yeti Collective draws on the worldwide myths of yeti, Bigfoot and Sasquatch, to create a fully realized society of hidden creatures on the edge of the human world.

Packed with humour and excitement, this is a thrilling adventure with friendship at its heart, and with strong ecological themes — yetis help nature and keep the world in balance. Mason deftly highlights environmental conservation issues throughout this story, a subject that resonates very deeply with him and also with his readership of future change-makers, who have climate change, habitat destruction, and sustaining our planet at the forefront of their concerns. To do so would endanger them the world over. This book taps into the secret lives of our mythical and very hairy cousins and takes us on an adventure like no other.

Tick and his hairy friends show us what it means to work together and why we need to save the world. Perfect for fans of H. This is a fast-paced, heart-warming adventure. Paul Mason. Paul Mason was born in London, has travelled the world, and now lives in a cottage on an island in New Zealand, with his wife and children. Find Paul online: Instagram: writerpaulmason , and Web: www. Katy Riddell. Katy Riddell grew up Brighton and was obsessed with drawing from a young age. She loves working with children, and currently runs an art club at her local school.

She lives and works in Manchester. Copies will be sent to winners when available from Stripes, as soon as possible. My Cousin is a Time Traveller 5. Satisfaction tinged with sadness. I began writing these books when I became a dad for the first time, and in so many ways the series is bound up with my kids.

However, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of creating a fitting ending. Knowing that I was heading towards a final full stop was refreshing. It helped to focus the various plot strands and gave me a sense of freedom while I was writing. Definitely forwards in time! The past was way too dangerous.

A particularly apt question for this novel, since Luke and the others receive a school visit from an author who is not unlike me. In a horribly metafictional and rather sentimental tactic, I wrote myself into the narrative so that I could say goodbye personally to my lovely characters. Reading and Writing 4. A significant difference is the voice. My Brother is a first-person narrative told from the pov of an eleven-year-old boy.

With Dr Who I use a limited third-person pov. I wanted to keep her mysterious, alien, a bit unknowable. First off, thank you! I vividly remember the meeting to discuss the first sequel. I was the twit who insisted that each subsequent novel must follow the My X is a Y format. Have you noticed recently that for this age group propositional titles work very well. No question that there are lots of fabulous books published every month, and passionate people like you tweet about them, so that when I dip into this world it feels as if those books are everywhere. My five cents: if a child is going to read one book a year, it would be better for that book to be one of the best published that year, and not one bought solely on the celebrity of its author.

Not that I know how to make that happen! All brilliant suggestions, on the back of a ten-pound note, to my home address, please. My Cousin is a Time Traveller and Teaching 3. Is it OK to say I feel a sense of weariness when I read this question? When teachers want to engage a certain kind of boy, they might latch onto the superhero theme.

But my experience tells me that funny books are a hard sell in the classroom. By definition, they lack seriousness. However, I am deadly serious when I write. I wring out every drop of creativity and technique in my effort to make the books effortlessly funny. How about taking a passage that makes you laugh and digging into it?

Change a word or word order in a sentence. Is it still funny? What about the POV? Look at language. Some words are like comedy magic — inherently funny. I call it the Guacamole Effect. Please get in touch with Nosy Crow press nosycrow. And Penguin for Dr Who stuff. I have a mole… in my back garden. And as in those cartoons, I always fail. Thank you David for answering my questions! These books could be the ones that start and keep a child reading.

Meet Harry Stevenson. You see, although Harry Stevenson just wants to sleep and eat and then eat some more , somehow he always manages to get swept up on the most unexpected of adventures…. What could be better than being a guinea pig, eh? Eating… sleeping… and then eating some more sounds like quite the lifestyle to have. However Harry Stevenson is not just your average guinea pig. It is clear to see that the pair understand each other fully and one would definitely not work without the other.

Perfect for fans of illustrated fiction and who love Olga da Polga and Piggy Handsome, this guinea pig — who reminds me of a rodent-style Mr Bean — sits alone in being an entirely original creation from its two predecessors and is surely set to become a firm favourite among its readers who will be asking for more adventures.

Life Lessons from Harry Stevenson. I suspect that guinea pigs hide their intellect very carefully, happy to be underestimated if it means they are well fed and cared for whilst they get on with the important business of thinking. However, being a very kind and generous creature, Harry Stevenson has agreed to share a few nuggets of wisdom with us — in return for a few edible guinea pig nuggets, of course….

The Meaning of Life. The most significant of these is the Meaning of Life itself! This, Harry has decided, is to love Billy and be loved in return. Mr and Mrs Smith appear to share this view, so it must be true. Harry thinks it could possibly apply to other families, so there you go — love and be loved. Pass it on!

If you want something in life you need to put some effort into getting it. For example, Harry adores food. If not, Harry needs to try harder, perhaps with some flashy jumps in the hay, or a charming scamper around his cage. Billy will be entranced and fetch the carrots: bingo! Sometimes you have to be bold. Faced with the choice of never seeing the Smiths again, or jumping on the back of a big scary dog, Harry has needed to be brave and ride that Alsatian.

The life lesson here is: take a deep breath and face your fears! Home is where the heart is Having experienced excitement and drama, Harry can confirm that there really is no place like home. Thrilling adventures are all very well, but nothing can compare to spending time with people you love — preferably on a squashy sofa, watching a nature documentary, with a bunch of carrots to work through. Eat Five a Day. I do hope these Life Lessons are useful. If Harry Stevenson imparts any more guinea pig wisdom, you will be the first to know. Extra thanks to Ali for writing such a brilliant guest post!

Find out more below! The pampered cats of Paris are being kidnapped! Can it have something to do with a singing competition that is gripping the city? Max knows he has to solve the mystery and bring them home. Oscar sighed. Maximilian frowned. It would be rather splendid to solve a kidnapping.

Though Max did not like to admit it, one of his favourite things about the cases he had solved had been how much of a fuss everyone made of him afterwards, and a kidnapping would make him a real hero! Sarah Todd Taylor. She discovered the theatre when she was a teenager and was instantly hooked, appearing in over 20 musicals in her hometown as well as helping out backstage. In her spare time she likes to sing opera in wonderful dresses, and she shares her home with her fabulous husband, two guinea pigs and a hamster.

Lives in: Mid Wales. Nicola Kinnear grew up in North West Kent where her inspiration for drawing was fueled by books, trips to the countryside and quite a few pets. She still has quite a few pets. Lives in: Kent. Copies will be sent to winners when available from Nosy Crow, as soon as possible. Secrets, spies or maybe even a monster… what lies in the heart of the wood? Charlie, Dizzy and Johnny are determined to find out but when night falls without warning they become impossibly lost. Strange dangers and impossible puzzles lurk in the shadows and, as time plays tricks, Charlie starts to fear for the future….

As children typically do, they love a sense of mystery, adventure and playing in the natural environment and this is no different for Dizzy and Charlie. But after Dizzy tells Charlie about the appearance of something in the woods, they set off to investigate leaving the rest of the world behind. Cue Johnny, who insists the group need to be careful and warns them that there could be monsters roaming. Nevertheless, this does not stop them on their pursuit as they put it down to sensationalised nonsense but could this come back to bite them…?

The story begins to build and build and build and as they find themselves getting deeper in to the woods, they seem to be getting deeper into trouble with cryptic messages, puzzles and strange dangers surfacing. As night falls, darkness descends and their paths begin to disappear, it appears there is no way out and they are soon left relying on each other to find an escape route. With the legend of child-eating, wood-dwelling Old Crony ringing in their ears, the friends are left with only the natural world to help them.

Can they use what they know about code-breaking to flee the forest? A book that absolutely needs to be read to the very last page, just wait for its ending and epilogue….

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I had to carry out quite a lot of research when writing The Longest Night of Charlie Noon from reading mind-bending books such as The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli, to immersing myself in the work of nature writers such as Robert Macfarlane, Oliver Rackham and Roger Deakin to name but a few. The setting of the novel is an area of ancient woodland on the border of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, and visiting these woods and mapping the story to their terrain was a really enjoyable part of the writing process, especially revisiting the woods as the seasons changed and being able to bring these elements into the story.

However, I think the most enjoyable part of writing The Longest Night of Charlie Noon has been the way it has changed my brain. People talk about how reading changes the way you think, but I think writing does this too, and I now find myself much more open and receptive to the natural world in a way that has brought a real balm to my life. However the broader sense of being lost that Charlie feels in the story, linked to the feeling of powerlessness that can sometimes haunt you as a child, is a feeling that I do remember and in many ways The Longest Night of Charlie Noon is me sending a message back to say there is a way out of the woods in time.

I think the stories I filled myself with as a reader, especially when growing up, are what have made me a writer. I love the feeling you get when an idea starts to take shape in your brain. That was the moment when I realised that becoming an author might not be an impossible dream and was something that I could aspire to.