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Zak and Pete at APJS

Our last school visit in the run-up to Christmas was to Anston Park Juniors, very good friends of ours and great fans of our books. It’s a big school, and with 300+ pupils sitting in front of us, we launched into our Kruschmeister presentation, but not before talking about the prequel – Scabbajack.

An hour and a half passed very quickly and to say the audience was attentive and enthusiastic is an understatement; they hung on every word. The next day resulted in a mega book-signing which went on for just over three hours. In fact, Kath and I had to return to base to grab more supplies!

We were inundated with great feedback from the pupils, some handing over pictures and artwork they’d been inspired to come up with, others keen to show us stories they’d started and lots of pupils eager to read their newly-acquired books in bed that very night!

Some special moments too. Like meeting Zak, the Year 6 boy with the same name as the hero in the two books (hope you like the picture, Zak), and Alicia, the girl with the injured leg, but still keen enough to provide Kath and I with little Christmas presents to say ‘thanks for coming’.

Well…what a way to finish. Is there any wonder we enjoy what we do and just want to keep on writing. And speaking of writing, I need to get on and finish my sixth Mokee Joe book. I’m almost there, but just need a great ending. I can’t wait to have the book in my hands early next year.

In the meantime, a BIG ‘thank you’ from Kath and I to everyone for a great term and we hope you have yourselves a merry (spooky) little Christmas. See you again in 2017.



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