WE’RE BACK!!

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Great Bonebreaker drawing presented to me by Eadie in Year 4

I can’t believe we’re back! School bookings are now rolling in and we have over 20 school visits in place over the next few months.

First of our return visits to schools was to the wonderful Ovingham Middle School. To say the pupils (and staff) are fans of ours is surely an understatement! What a welcome from Ms Quinn and the school community. The two books I spoke about to Years 4,5 and 6 were Bonebreaker and Dawn Demons. Around 200 pupils made up our enthusiastic audience, and as usual, pupils clamoured to take part in the action, taking up theatrical parts of the main characters in the stories. Wilfrid and Dunstan – the 2 Saxon boys, and Billy and Calum, the ‘today’ heroes of the stories, were brought vividly to life by young actors and actresses from Years 5 and 6. After fun and thrills with Bonebreaker, Year 4 returned to class to leave the slightly older (and braver?) Years 5 and 6 to face the wrath of the Dawn Demons! Cries of OOHH, AHHH, ERGHH and WOW rang around the hall as some of Billy and Calum’s terrifying encounters with the demon dollies were described.

An early sketch of a Dawn Demon by my cover artist, Paul Bryn Davies

OVINGHAM BOOK SIGNING: WOW! Nothing prepared us for the response to the previous day’s presentation. Almost every Year

4 purchased a signed copy of Bonebreaker, and almost everyone of Years 5 and 6 eagerly acquired their own personal copies of Bonebreaker and Dawn Demons. The queues of excited pupils snaked around the walls of Ms Quinn’s fabulous library and I don’t think we would have coped without the amazing help of her library ambassadors, Sam, Alexis and Thamyra. BIG thanks to those three girls from me and Kath. We enquired about employing them for our further school visits, but Ms Quinn was having none of it!

All in all, this was probably our best visit to Ovingham Middle School, but it seems we say that every time! We are already looking forward to being back again. Hope to see you all again before too long!

PJM

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