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Opening the library at Wainwright Academy with KS1


The week could not have started better, with two wonderful days at the Wainwright Academy near Mansfield and Staveley Junior School in Chesterfield. Both schools seemed filled with devoted fans of our books, despite the fact that we only visited Wainwright Academy a short while ago for the first time, and Staveley Juniors around eight years ago towards the start of my author career. This is what keeps Kath and I going – the fact that the children never forget us and want to be on board with us and our spooky books forever! We carried out an afternoon workshop at both schools and the children were fantastic…some real talent out there with these ‘wannabee’ authors! ‘Keep up the good work y’all,’ as they say in Louisiana!

WORLD BOOK DAY finally arrived and we had the most amazing day, hosted by St Bede’s RC Primary in my home town of Rotherham.

World Book Day characters (spot Scabbajack!)

Quite fitting as this school was my Dad’s old school and close to the old Millmoor football stadium where my new KRUSCHMEISTER book is set. It was a real thrill to present the book  to so many Rotherham children and staff – all familiar with the setting for the spooky tale and now all itching to find out what happens to the poor little victim in the story and to learn the fate of the awful ‘Kruschmeister’ character!

Pete with David (RUFC coach)

I’m not going to write any more! Let the pictures speak for themselves! But a MASSIVE ‘thank you’ to all of the headteachers and staff involved and to Rotherham United and everyone else who has supported this book from the outset. I can see huge success for this book in the days, months and years ahead and I could not possibly have written it and got it off to such a great start without all of your help!

Captive audience at St Bede's RC in Rotherham

Oh, and by the way, Kath and I thought the outfits for World Book Day characters, were amazing. Everyone involved seemed to make a big effort. It was humbling to see so many of our own book character among the crowd. Thank you to parents for taking so much trouble with their young book fans.

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