Choose Your Own Ever After

GREAT news for girls who like to call the shots! YOU get to decide where the story goes in  Choose Your Own Ever After The fun starts with How To Get To Rio. Follow your heart right to the end, and then go back and choose all over again.   Schoolgirl Kitty McLean has to choose between […]

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Descriptive writing

My son is studying descriptive writing at high school. For homework he was asked to write a paragraph on the view from his window. It’s a tough call when there’s not much going on out there.   But that, of course,  is the whole point of the exercise – to note what generally goes unnoticed, and to […]

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Starting a story with a problem

When I started out writing, my stories were just a series of quite interesting events. A lack of experience and planning meant that I didn’t have enough structure in my story, so the characters meandered through the pages without a clear purpose. A problem, at the beginning of the story, changes all of that. It is […]

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Motivating reluctant readers

Has there ever been a better time to be a young book lover? The diversity and volume of children’s books is staggering. There is something in print for every reading level and every possible interest, cleverly illustrated and packaged  inside an inviting cover. Yet, a lot of children approach reading with the same enthusiasm as […]

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