The pupils at Peter Gladwin had some thoughtful questions for Ross. Here they are with his responses!
We have been wondering about the monster and Caitlin this week and have some more questions for you:
Is the monster coming out of Perijee or is Perijee sinking into the monster? (Joshua and co)
WHAT A GOOD QUESTION. The only answer I can offer is… you’ll have to keep reading!!! I’d love to know what you all think yourselves!
Does Caitlin have dyslexia and if so why? (Matthew, Evie and co)
The answer is yes – very well spotted! Caitlin does have dyslexia, but its never mentioned outright in the book and she doesn’t realise it herself. I worked as a primary school teacher for seven years, and I worked with lots of children who had a dyslexia diagnosis. As many of you will know, all it means is that you struggle more with reading and writing and need some tools to help you do it – it doesn’t mean you’re less intelligent than anyone else. However, I met lots of parents who didn’t want their clearly dyslexic children to have a diagnosis as they believed it would make their lives harder – but in my experience, it just meant that those children still struggled and believed it was because they were stupid! It was heartbreaking to see. I liked the idea that for Caitlin, letters and numbers are like an alien language – just like Perijee trying to understand the world around him!
I loved your diary extracts, by the way! What a great idea for an activity – I love the idea of Caitlin keeping a diary. I particularly liked the line, “Last night was the worst night the history of nights” – that’s exactly the sort of thing she’d say, I think!
Check out those diary entries below:
I loved your diary extracts, by the way! What a great idea for an activity – I love the idea of Caitlin keeping a diary. I particularly liked the line, “Last night was the worst night in the history of nights” – that’s exactly the sort of thing she’d say, I think!
Thanks again for your questions – I hope you have a lovely week!