Monthly Archives: March 2013

Book Review: Wonder by R J Palacio

‘You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.’ So reads the strap-line on the cover of R J Palacio’s first children’s novel, Wonder. That strap-line is as true of the book as it is the central character. … Continue reading

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Westglade Primary & Top Valley Academy, Nottingham

I had what turned out to be my last school visit of the term on Tuesday.  I visited Westglade Primary’s cool Class 5 to find out what they’d been up to in their Premier League Reading Stars Challenge then hopped across … Continue reading

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Watch this!

I love this youtube clip so much I had to share it with you. It’s about a grandson thanking the person (his grandma)  who read to him as a child and gave him the reading bug.         … Continue reading

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School Visit: Ellison Boulters C of E Primary Academy

I celebrated Red Nose Day with the pupils of Ellison Boulters in Lincolnshire yesterday. It was my third visit to the school and super, as usual. Ellison Boulters is one of those schools; where the teachers are keen and the … Continue reading

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Manchester City Libraries Premier League Reading Stars

I had a busy two days in Manchester this week.  In numbers it goes something like this: Early starts: 2. Alarm set for 05.20. Trains caught: 7 Taxi rides (between venues): 10 Schools visited: 4    Willows Primary, Wythenshawe, Park … Continue reading

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Take the speed test

Collins, the publisher of my non-fiction title, Here Come the Girls! have devised this fabulous quiz based around the book. It’s great fun – have a go.  Collins is also offering a massive 20% discount off the book all through … Continue reading

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Exeter, World Book Day and other adventures…

And she’s back!  OK, I’ve been back since last Friday but a girl’s got to get the shopping in and have some blog-free recovery time between events, tha’ nos. I had an exciting two days in Devon last week. Both … Continue reading

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World Book Day 2013

I am heading down to Devon for three days – today is my travelling day and then Wednesday and Thursday I’m in schools. The first school (Wednesday)  is Sidmouth College near Exeter and the second, on Thursday, AKA World Book … Continue reading

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Help! I need a cracking class reader…

The revised National Curriculum is coming to a school near you in 2014.    The good news is that the English strand encourages more reading for pleasure but the bad news is teachers will be so bogged down teaching the … Continue reading

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