This is Children’s Book Week, and I thought this would be the perfect time to tell you what I will be getting up to from January 2014!
From January 2014 I will be writing Hoardland (book four in the Portal Series) and the pupils, parents and staff of Beacon View Primary Academy will be helping to steer the direction of the plot.
This will be done by voting on a poll which will be viewable to them only on the secret page in the Patron of Reading section. I will post each chapter as it is written with new poll options for next chapter.
I think it will be a lot of fun for the students to see their choices come to life, and to see what happens to the story as a result. However, to make it an inclusive experience for all the pupils, I knew I needed to try and write the book in not only mid grade (key stage two) style but also in a key stage one version.
Try is the key word here because writing in rhyme for the key stage one version is a whole different writing skill set, and not one which I have any expertise in. I am very grateful to my husband for showing me how to condense pages of ideas for the mid grade version of the prequel to Hoardland into rhyming couplets before my brain imploded!
I have survived the experience so far, and the prequel to Hoardland has been written in both versions. I will be using the the prequel in all of my Patron of Reading sessions on the 25th October, and I am looking forward to it.
Little Mauvais is looking for Halloween treats in Queendom. Does she get a fright? Oh yes! Does she find something unexpected and most wondrous? Yes indeed! Will she managed to leave Queendom unnoticed with this object stashed in her hoarding bag? You’ll have to wait to find out…
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