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Pete with young fans in Harlem, New York

After returning early from our US trip (we got struck down with a virus), Kath and I are presently up in the Newcastle area. We’re staying in a great hotel near to Gosforth at the moment. Kath’s brother and his wife put us up initially in Ponteland whilst we visited the nearby Richard Coates MS; they were joined by Year 4 from the nearby Ponteland First School. We had a great time with over two hundred pupils presenting our Mokee Joe series of books.

The next day found us at Highfield Middle School in Prudhoe. This surely has to be one of the biggest and best schools in the country! Our good friend Mrs Smith used to be in charge of literacy, but she has now moved to Gosforth Central Middle School ( we’re there on Thursday). She is much-missed, but the school continues to thrive. As usual, I entertained a massive audience of over 400 pupils and Ms Nikki Johnson ensured we were hosted to the usual high standard set by Mrs Smith. All the staff at HMS are wonderful…as are the pupils. We can’t wait to be back on Friday to do a book-signing. Hope we’ve got enough books!

Wednesday found us at Gosforth East MS with another great friend, Ms Sue Lamberth. We know Sue from her initial post at Meadowdale MS (we’re there next week). Over 240 Year 5’s and 6’s provided a wonderfully enthusiastic audience. They loved the Mokee Joe story and joined in the 2-hour presentation with great gusto! Can’t wait to be back there tomorrow to sign books for them.

All in all, a great start to our extensive NE tour…w’ye aye Man!


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