OOOH…ECK(INGTON)!

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Dare you enter the world of Mokee Joe!

Following World Book Week, it was off to not-so-far-away Eckington to meet up with a large audience of Year 7’s at Eckington High School. Helen, the lovely librarian, was there to greet us and before long we were in action telling the life-changing story of how I became an author and created the infamous Mokee Joe. The pupils were great and I was quite moved to get a cheer at the end – hopefully because they enjoyed it and not because they’d had enough! We were so taken up with the response that we made an on the spot decision to donate half of the book sales the following day to the Ukraine appeal. Having such a good life as we do, visiting lots of great schools and meeting so many nice people, only accentuates the misery of those poor people out in Ukraine suddenly finding themselves homeless and destitute! It’s therefore pleasing to report that the book-signing was a huge success and a very significant sum of money was left at the school towards the appeal. Thanks to everyone at Eckington School for looking after us so well and responding to our visit in such a positive way. Hope the Year 7’s enjoy the books!

     Great time at Holme Hall Primary

Next port of call…Holme Hall Primary School in Chesterfield. Wow! This cosy small school

New record – TEN girls with the Molly ‘Space Buns’ hairstyle!

was so keen for our return visit and to say we had a great time again is an understatement. The one-form entry audience really enjoyed the presentation, including the Year 6’s who had seen a similar Mokee Joe presentation back in the day when they were in Year 3! The book signing the next day was tremendous, with Years 3 to 5 keen to acquire signed copies of the books, and Year 6 equally keen to top up their supply from those they already had. Thanks to all the staff and pupils at this lovely school and we hope to be back with our Bonebreaker presentation next year (Already requested! Great!)

Finally for the week, it was back to Eckington, but this time to Eckington Junior School, old friends of ours! We’ve always loved our visits to this school and this trip proved no exception. In fact, I would say that this was one of our best visits to date! The MJ (not Michael Jackson!) presentation went down a storm and we had a fab time at the book signing the next day; so many girls were inspired to appear with the Molly ‘Space Buns’ hairstyle! The current record of SIX girls with the hairstyle at Sheffield Girls High School was smashed, with no fewer than TEN girls adopting the style here at EJS.

Pete with teacher and former pupil, Jade

Just to make me feel old, we met up with one of the teachers, Jade, who told me she’d already got some signed copies of the Mokee Joe books from when she’d been a pupil at the school during one of my visits some year ago! Well, she enjoyed the new presentation, and I’m pleased to say that she quickly acquired the later books to complete the series!

Big ‘thank you’ to Kirsty, Jade, Mrs Cherry and all of the staff for being such good hosts. Hope to be back next year!

PJM

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