BIG CHRISTMAS FINALE

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Mokee Joe by Kai Poole (aged 10)

After launching the new Mokee Joe book 6 in South Yorkshire, on our return to our Southern base our first job was to call in to New Scotland Hill Primary in Sandhurst. This was a visit carried over from last term and our son, Simon, had raved on about it during a visit of his own. We soon found out why! It was a lovely school and our welcome couldn’t have been warmer.  Ms Brewer ensured that everything passed smoothly and a perfect presentation was followed by a perfect book signing. In fact the book signing was organised with military precision to levels never seen before! Fantastic! The KS2 pupils were really up for it and seemed inspired not only to read, but to produce work of their own. Hope you like the pic sent to me by Kai Poole….thanks Kai, you’re a star! And thanks to everyone at New Scotland Hill Primary – we hope to be back!

The following week, we headed back up North, where three more schools provided us with a perfect finish leading up to our Christmas break, the first being St Mary’s RC Primary School at nearby Edlington. Despite being close to our South Yorkshire base, it’s an area I don’t know very well. However, we were more than pleased to quickly discover that this smart, compact school was a hub of enthusiasm for our scary books and our Mokee Joe presentation was more than well-received. After walking down the road and spending lunch in Ollie’s café (well-recommended), we returned to work with the Year 6’s on our Ten O’ Clock Caller short story workshop and the afternoon passed all too quickly. A HUGE ‘thank you’ to all at St Mary’s for making us so welcome. We look forward to working with you again…can’t wait!

Second school of the week was to Rosehill Juniors in Rotherham, one of our most favourite and well-visited schools and big fans to say the least! As usual, Mr Wagstaffe, the Headteacher, was there to greet us and we were soon performing our Mokee Joe – Scourge of the Emirates performance to a packed hall. It was great fun donning my Mokee Joe outfit and chasing one of the unsuspecting Year 6’s, carefully dodging the Christmas tree and other festive decorations! We always sign a vast number of books the following day and this occasion proved no exception. Great reading school – great fans! Thanks again to Mr Wagstaffe and all of the staff and pupils. Hope the staff enjoy the biscuits we left for them and that Mr Wagstaffe didn’t scoff them all!

Our final school proved a brilliant choice – St Gerards RC Primary at Thrybergh – another location close to our Northern base. On our arrival we were astounded to see that the innovative Mr Drury had  rigged up his classroom and turned it into a pseudo TV studio with blackouts and backdrops and a screen already displaying my new Mokee Joe book….incredible!   With 62 KS2 pupils crammed into the space in front of us, we launched into a wonderful hour of scary literary fun and everyone had a great time to say the least.  Brilliant! This lovely school has a real family feel about it and we are proud to be a part of it…I really need to write more books so I have an excuse to get back again.

Ah well…that’s about it until 2018! What a great term working in so many fab schools. We are truly privileged! HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE AND SEE YOU AGAIN SOON.

(By the way…I’m working on a new book…ssshhhh!)

PJM

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