Category Archives: 2016

Romance blossoming in Lizzy Bennet’s world

The girls at Carden Primary have been reading Marcia Williams’ next book (yes, they get TWO!)

The story is inspired by a book called Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which was written in 1813 (ages ago!) Marcia’s book is written from Lizzy Bennet’s point of view. When Lizzy Bennet’s father gives her a diary, she fancies she will use it to write a novel, as her real life is exceedingly dull. Then the handsome Mr. Bingley moves to nearby Netherfield Park, and suddenly life is every bit as thrilling as a novel would be. Who will he dance with at the Meryton ball? Who is his haughty friend? Will Lizzy ever receive a marriage proposal?

Marcia set the girls a writing task:

Dear Year 6,

I have been rereading Lizzy Bennet’s Diary up to the same page as you, and it strikes me how very difficult Lizzy is to please.  How will she ever find a husband with such high standards?!
I wondered if you could each write a description of the man you would have Lizzy fall for, if you were the author instead of Jane Austen.  Just close your eyes and imagine him walking into the room and Lizzy falling in love!
1.  How does he enter the room, does he stride, shuffle or even trip?  Maybe he is shy and just pokes his head around the door?  Is he dark or fair?  Think about his clothes, his hairstyle, his shoes?  Maybe, he has a scar or a moustache?
2.  Is he clever?  Cold or warm hearted.  Friendly or shy?  Funny or severe?  How does his personality differ from Lizzy’s?
3.  Is he rich and aristocratic or does he come from a modest background? Is he a soldier?  What if any occupation does he have?
4.  What are his likes and dislikes?
5.  What are his strengths and weaknesses?  Maybe he eats too much chocolate – has dozens of dogs – or falls asleep at the table!  Only you know!
These are some of the things you might like to think about when you are writing about him.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
Good luck,
Marcia
And the girls did a great job, they wrote very descriptive pieces detailing the moment the two meet. How romantic! These are two of our faves…

Well done girls and we hope you are looking forward to meeting your author Marcia Williams TOMORROW! So exciting!

Team AAA x

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What did you want to be when you grown up?

Phew! It has been all go at AAA HQ, which is why we are adding lots of content to the blog at one time. We are not the only ones though, there has been a flurry of busy-ness too at Stanford Juniors as they have been doing their SATs exams (eek!), but they still had time to send some interesting questions to their author, Ross Montgomery’s way…

Hi Ross,

We have three questions for you this week:

Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?

Do you create books for adults?

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?

Ross, being a teacher when he isn’t writing,completely understood and in fact, had lots of good luck vibes to send in Stanford Juniors’ way and a very good life lesson at the end:

Hi Year 6s,

 
I hear you’re busy working on your SATs exams this week – good luck!! In the meantime, here are the answers to the questions you sent me:
 
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
Being a writer is strange, because you don’t get many opportunities to talk to people who read your books – most of the time you’re by yourself writing them! That’s why hearing from readers is such a treat – I’ve had a few letters sent to me via my publisher, and a few emails through my website, and once I even got a Christmas card!! 
Most of the time they’re just taking the time to say that they liked my books, which is wonderful to hear – although once I got an email from an angry mum who didn’t like my books AT ALL and wanted to make sure I knew about it!

If I could give you guys a tip, it would be to write to your favourite authors – look in the front of their books for their publisher’s address and just send it through them! It does get to them eventually, and there’s a good chance they’ll write back. When I was 10 I even had a correspondence with Terry Deary – of Horrible Histories fame!

Do you create books for adults?

People often ask me if I could write a book for adults, and I’m not sure I could. One of the things I like about writing for children is that there are restrictions in what you can and can’t do – you can’t get TOO scary or TOO rude, though you can certainly try to push it! I like those kind of boundaries – they really help me focus an idea so it doesn’t end up becoming overly ambitious.

As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Funnily enough, I wanted to be a writer! I just loved the idea of creating stories to entertain and, if possible, transport people. I changed my mind a few times – I wanted to be a cartoonist at first (my mum told me I wasn’t allowed as it didn’t make any money!) and when I was a teenager I wanted to make films, but I always came back to the idea of writing.
If any of you have a passion that you’d love to spend your life following, then start now – whether it’s writing or building or playing netball, you’ll build up a love and understanding of it that will carry you through the rest of your life.
 
Speak soon!
 
Ross
Year 6 will be meeting Ross on Tuesday! This is what he looks like if you don’t know…
RM
How exciting for them!

Three days until 4PA meet Gary Northfield!

It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride for Adopt an Author this year and we have been super busy at HQ preparing for the parties this week, where each class will get to MEET THEIR AUTHOR! Woodingdean Primary has been reading Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans! and will meet their author Gary Northfield on Wednesday!

This is Gary trying to eat his own book…

GN JZ

 (Hopefully nobody will eat their copies on Wednesday)

Now, I’m not sure if anyone would dress up, but wouldn’t it be fantastic if 4PA came along with gladiator inspired outfits!!! #TeamJulius

See you Wednesday Woodingdean!

Team AAA x

Budding writers at Woodingdean

Do you remember when our class in Woodingdean drew their wonderful animal gladiators? As it was over Easter, we had lots of bunnies – very topical!

Gary loved them and set a new task for the class:

This week, I’d like you to write a short story about your new animal gladiator!

Your character is going to fight the champion of Rome! Will your character win or lose? Do they escape, or become champion themselves?
Here are some things to think about your character.

1) Is your character feeling happy, sad, confused or excited?

2) Why is your character feeling happy, sad etc?

3) Why did they decide to become a gladiator? Is it by choice, or were they forced, like Julius?

4) In your story, your character is fighting the champion of Rome. Who is the champion?

5) Is it a happy ending, or a sad ending?

I hope that sounds fun! I can’t wait to read your stories!

Speak again next week!

Gary

And Woodingdean got writing! They let their imaginations run wild and wrote some wonderful pieces about their gladiators, have a look below:

Hi Gary!

We really enjoyed the task this week and have produced some great stories. Nearly all the animals ended up being the champion and lots had chosen to be gladiators! There’s also a bit of nervous pooing happening… We have sent a small selection for you to read.

This week we have won Pickwick the Punctuality penguin after he went missing! He told us lots of new jokes. Here’s one…

Knock knock

Who’s there?

Broken pencil

Broken pencil who?

Oh never mind, it’s pointless!

Speak to you next week,

4PA

They were all so good, we posted them all! Fluffy unicorns and funny poos! Oh what next!

Till next time! x

Talented artists at Carden…

Carden Primary School have well and truly blown their adopted author Marcia away with their drawings of character from ‘Les Mis’. Marcia says “What lovely pieces of work, which really show not only the children’s artistic talent, but their engagement in the emotional side of the story.  Thank you for sending them to me.” Take a look below…

Our favourite has to be this one. It must have taken ages to fit all writing around the drawing. That Javert is a complicated character, no wonder you had so many questions! Great work!

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Woodingdean, Stanford Juniors, Patcham Juniors and Carden Primary say a ginormous ‘GOOD DAY’ to you!

Its the first week of the project and each class have received their first emails from their authors!

Woodingdean have said ‘ALOHA! to their author Gary Northfield…

Hello!

I’ve been zipping around the country the last few weeks, telling everybody about Julius Zebra, reading from the book and showing them how I draw Julius. The jokes were brilliant lots of school children from all over the country told their favourite jokes.

Here’s one of the winners:

Knock knock!
Who’s There?
Interrupting cow!
Interrupting co…
MOOOOO!!!!!!!

ANYWAY! Who wants to learn how to draw JULIUS ZEBRA? Good!
When I draw my cartoon characters, I find it much easier to draw them by breaking up the character up into easy, manageable shapes. This way, it doesn’t seem very hard to draw at all. I’ve attached a worksheet which shows you how to draw Julius ready to fight as a gladiator!

aaaaaaand here are class 4PA drawing away and look at the results! Gary might have a team of illustrators on his hands..

 
drawing julius

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you all in 4PA should be proud of yourselves, Julius has never looked finer!

 

Author Sarah Lean has cried a humongous ‘HIYA!’ to her class at Patcham Juniors…

A CONVERSATION WITH A DOG

When Harry was a puppy, I trained him to sit quietly in a basket on my bike. He also used to jump up on my seat where I had been writing when I went to make a cup of tea. I often pretended that he was talking to me and had something to say.
Dog

What do you imagine Harry might be saying in these photographs?

Ross Montgomery,  a tremendous WAVE to his class at Stanford Juniors from little old London…

Hi everyone!

I’m very excited to be sending you the first of my weekly emails. Mr Persaud tells me that you’re going to be working hard to send me some excellent pieces of writing and insightful questions! In return, I’ll do my best to come up with some fun activities to help you with your own writing, and on the way I’ll try not to mispeeell any wodrs.
 
By now, I’m sure you’ll have read some of my new book PERIJEE & ME. It was only published last Thursday, so you lucky lot have had a head-start on the rest of the country! 
 
In order to help the reader visualise Perijee, I used two SIMILES to describe him – can you find them? Why do you think I compared Perijee to these things – what do you think is the point of using similes? 
 
REMEMBER: if your alien is scary, then you should compare it to things that are scary!
 
GOOD EXAMPLE: The alien’s eyes were as red as erupting volcanoes.
BAD EXAMPLE: The alien’s eyes were as red as nice juicy tomatoes.

 

Marcia Williams has shouted a gigantic ‘GREETINGS’! to Carden Primary and have a few questions for Marcia to answer on her return from Dubai (sneak peak below)…

Georgie

Who is your favourite female author and why?

Scarlett

If you could go back in time and meet 5 famous historical characters who would you pick and why?

Maddie

When you go to libraries or book shops are you ever tempted to move your books so everyone can

see them?

Hoorain

Are you a Harry Potter fan?

Emma

Did you like history at school? If not, what inspired you to write/illustrate historical books?

Seleyna

Who is your favourite woman through history and why?

Nahima

What encouraged you to become an author/illustrator and why?

Amy

Who is your least favourite historical character and why?

Eva

If you were stranded on a desert island and only had two historical people for company who would

you choose and why?

 

Summer J

Do you still keep a diary? If so, what do you write about?

Julius Zebra: Rumble with the Romans by Gary Northfield

We’ve found this great video for Gary’s book – no spoilers though! – we hope you enjoy…

A big, warm welcome…

Authors announced

From left to right: Sarah Lean, Ross Montgomery, Marcia Williams and Gary Northfield

2016 welcomes Sarah Lean, Ross Montgomery, Gary Northfield and returning for a second year, Marcia Williams to this year’s Adopt an Author.

The project is being brought to you by Collected Works CIC and is an exciting schools initiative which links classes with children’s authors to promote literacy, encourage writing and develop creativity.

Over a course of 8 weeks, classes and their adopted authors correspond via very fun and entertaining emails and the project culminates in a ‘Meet your Author’ party during Brighton Festival (7-29 May).

We are very proud to be producing it once again and to have such an exciting group of authors on board. Stay tuned for our future updates!

 

The ‘AAA’ team x