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The new Kruschmeister book.

Kath and I left the peace and  tranquillity of our Berkshire retreat to visit the nearby Park House School in Newbury. Thank goodness! It proved a great day and the new Year 7’s were a delight to work with.

We started the day with all of the Year 7’s in the hall, launching our new book – Kruschmeister, but not before telling them about the prequel to the book – Scabbajack. Judging by the expressions on some of the Year 7 faces, the scariness of the Scabbajack novel really got to them! Having said that, they seemed more than keen to find out as much as I was prepared to tell them about the story.

The new book, Kruschmeister, went down even more of a storm! This book is a football-themed story, but the scariness of it still appeals to the most reluctant of football fans…and of course, to the hordes of keen of horror genre fans.

Following our big presentation, we carried out three short workshops with different

Harry and Owen - BIG fans at Park House

groups, exploring the idea of building characters with reference to the new Kruschmeister book. Again, a great experience from our perspective; each of the three groups working with energy, enthusiasm and real attentiveness.

As usual at Park House, we found all of the pupils and staff a delight to be around. The big book-signing the next day was a testament to the success of the visit – so many keen readers waiting to consume our books! It turned out that lots of the Year 7’s had met me before at their primary schools and two boys almost needed a wheelbarrow to bring in their collections of Peter J Murray books to be re-signed and re-dedicated. Hope you like the pic of Harry and Owen.

A BIG thank you to all at Park House School for giving Kath and I yet another visit to recall with fond memories. See you all again next year – with another new super-scary book!


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