Category Archives: Brunswick

Jaguars meet Jennifer

At the end of their Adopt An Author project, Jaguar class got to meet their author Jennifer Killick at a very special party.

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It was such a lovely morning- the class were in thrall to Jennifer as she read aloud from her book. She also brought in a few special items to show them- items that help inspire her or remind her of some of her characters! Do you recognise the goldfish from Alex Sparrow?! A few lucky students even got to try on a very familiar hat!



She also told them all about her new book- which hasn’t even been announced yet. We think Jaguar class can keep a secret though!

As the children enjoyed a picnic, Jennifer went around and met each pupil, and signed their copies of “Alex Sparrow”.

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And as a very perfect end to the party, some of the class read their work aloud. As you can tell from this photo, Jennifer was very impressed!

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It was lovely that their Adopt An Author project ended with the children becoming writers themselves.

Thank you for joining us, Brunswick Primary!

Team AAA xx

Superheroes & Sidekicks

Brunswick Primary were delighted with the newsletter that Jennifer sent to them last week. They said that they had loved working on their superhero characters…and hope that one of their characters might appear in one of Jennifer’s future books!

They also had lots of fun thinking about the origin behind their characters, and also a possible sidekick (as they were so inspired by Jess, Dexter and Bob!)

Here is some of their wonderful work:

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I wonder what villains Jaguar class will come up with?! Or if any superhero and sidekick stories will start to bubble away in their brains?

Team AAA xx

Affirmative! PALS posters have landed!

This week, Jaguar class sent Jennifer their brilliant PALS posters. Just have a look at these! Apparently, the class did some meditation before they got started, to get into the right head space.

They were definitely up to the challenge. Their affirmations were great:  “I ooze peace and positivity”; “I am kind”,  and “I believe in world peace”. Here are a few examples of some of their wonderful art works.

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Jennifer sent them this special letter to congratulate them for their work.

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Here are some of Jaguar class’ favourite books:

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Have you tried reading any of these authors? Do you have any other favourites to add to this list?

Team AAA xx

Questions Answered!

This week, Jennifer sent Jaguar class a lovely long letter, answering all of their questions from their last message!

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QUESTION ONE: How did you come up with this brilliant idea for the story?

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QUESTION TWO: Who inspired you to become an author?

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QUESTION THREE: What was your first book? How many have you written?

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QUESTION FOUR: Why did you become an author?

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QUESTION FIVE: Who is your favourite author?

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QUESTION SIX: What was your favourite book as a child?

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It’s so interesting to find out more about Jennifer, and all about why she became an author. What are your favourite books? Are there certain characters and stories that inspire you to write?

Team AAA xx



Dear Diary…

Last week, Jennifer set Jaguar class the task of writing diary entries. They were asked to think about the first chapter of Jennifer’s book “Alex Sparrow  & The Really Big Stink”, but to imagine the events from Jess’ perspective. Here are just some of their thoughtful responses:



We really enjoyed hearing the voice of Jess- and some of the creative ways the class thought to express it! The use of CAPITAL LETTERS, colour and illustrations were just some of the clever ideas the class found.

Jaguar class also sent Jennifer a new letter this week, posing some questions about her work and her career as a writer:

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Jennifer wrote back congratulating the class on their work. She thought that the Jaguars “have got Jess’ character brilliantly, and totally captured her! Such wonderful work- thank you for sharing them with me!” She also set the class a new challenge!  Next week, they will be coming up with some of their own PALS affirmations.

We can’t wait to see what the Jaguars will invent this time!

Team AAA xx


Comic Strip Predictions!

Over at Brunswick Primary, Jaguar class decided to draw comic strips based on the first chapter of the book, predicting what happens next! Their teacher told us that the class loved discussing what might happen… (“Most thought he would be isolated at school the next day as he may start to smell!”) Here is a sample of some of their fantastic artwork:

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They did so well, that Jennifer has set them a new challenge!

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We’re so looking forward to reading the diary entries! It’s interesting to think about the same events, but from the perspective of another character. I wonder whether Jess had any secret thoughts and feelings that Alex didn’t know about!

Team AAA xx

Alex Sparrow & the Really Good Book Cover!

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Over at Brunswick Primary, Jaguar class started off their Adopt An Author project by judging a book by its cover! They will be reading “Alex Sparrow & the Really Big Stink” by Jennifer Killick, and this is the cover of the book:


They sent this lovely letter to their adopted author Jennifer, with some of their ideas for what the book might be about…

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Jennifer replied:

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The first task has been set! Next week we’ll post up some of Jaguar’s responses…we can’t wait!

Team AAA



Adopt An Author 2019

FLASH NEWS: Authors are being adopted! Four classes, from four different schools around the city, will once again be adopting authors for the much-anticipated return of the Adopt an Author project!




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We’re thrilled that Alex Milway will once again be joining us! This year, Year Two at Benfield Primary will be adopting him and his book Pigsticks & Harold and The Incredible Journey! Pigsticks & Harold set off to the Ends of The Earth, armed with only a sense of adventure and cake!



Year Six at Carden Primary will be reading Mold and the Poison Plot, and adopting Lorraine Gregory. Its an exciting, fast paced story about a boy with a big heart and a nose to match!



Over at Brunswick Primary, Year Four will be paired with Jennifer Killick, and tucking in to her book Alex Sparrow & the Really Big Stink. Alex Sparrow is a very funny book,  about a super-agent in training!



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Patrice Lawrence is being adopted by Year Nine at Cardinal Newman Catholic School– who will be reading her award-winning book Orange Boy, about sixteen year old Marlon, a boy with an impossible choice to make.


Running for 15 years by Collected Works as a Brighton Festival project, Adopt an Author is a very special programme promoting literacy and encouraging creative writing and illustrating. Over the course of 10 weeks, children will be corresponding with their paired writers, sharing thoughts on the book and making intriguing discoveries about the creative process. Pupils will be posing questions to the authors such as – ‘do you get tired when you write chapter books?’ and (a favourite from last year) ‘How do you stay looking so young?’

As ever, you can read all the AAA updates here on this blog… so don’t forget to subscribe for weekly updates. We’ll be sharing all the letters between the authors and the classes. Watch this space!