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AAA KNOW HOW TO PARTY!!!!

DID ANYONE SAY PARTY?????!!!!!

Yes, yes we did! We’re at the end of the brilliant 2018 Adopt An Author. Carden, Mile Oak, Benfield and Stanford Juniors have all read, written, illustrated and taken care of their adopted author’s superbly, so it is now time to celebrate all the amazing adoptee’s who have worked so hard throughout the project. And what better way than meeting their authors over a bit of cake?!!!

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First up Rose Muddle author Imogen White took Team Carden on a historical journey around Brighton and Hove before a bit of dress-up, performance and a quiz!

FINGERS ON THOSE BUZZERS…..

Team Carden presented Imogen with their very own books they’d worked so hard on creating!

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Huge congrats Carden on an amazing project and well done on your superb books, we are all so impressed!

Next up Harold headed to Brighton……

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Benfield Primary had spent a fun 10 weeks enjoying the company of the loveable Pigsticks and Harold and it was now time to meet their brilliant author Alex Milway.

With tummies full of yummy Pizza Face pizza, lots of live drawing and many lols – this was a party that would always be remembered!

Huge congrats Benfield on a fantastic Adopt an Author, we have loved seeing all your fantastic email exchanges and all the amazing work – the characters you created were superb!!!

 

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Mile Oak had been engrossed in email exchanges with Wild Boy author Rob Lloyd Jones throughout the project and today was the day that they finally got to meet him! And what a wonderful welcome he had!!!

Massive congrats Mile Oak on all your hard work and excellent questions – we love that you enjoyed Wild Boy so much! Rob is delighted too!

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Stanford Juniors welcomed Beetle Boy author M. G. Leonard and her very special guests to the Brighton Dome…. (the clue is in the title of her book…)

Stanford have worked so hard throughout the project, have loved the book and even created their very own special beetles! A BIG BETTLE BRAVO!!!!

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A massive thank you and HOORAY to all 2018 adopted authors. To all the schools involved; the teachers, teaching assistants and parents. A big, big up to Brighton Festival for another fantastic year – thank you!

BUT the BIGGEST CHEER and ROUND OF APPLAUSE is for all the children who worked so hard and created the most fantastic work – we are all so proud of you – you should be too!

Until 2019!

Team AAA xxx

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Mile Oak’s Creative Characters!

Year 6 Mile Oak are a very inquisitive and a very talented bunch of adoptee’s! They are all really enjoying Wild boy and had some fantastic questions for Rob Lloyd Jones…..

Why did you chose to set it in the Victorian times? (Fahimur)

Because that’s when freak shows really did exist – they were banned in 1851, so I needed the story to happen before that date

Where did you get your character ideas from? (Julia)

Mostly history books! Wild Boy is based on several real life characters!

How did you come up with the idea of Wild Boy? (Alfie M and Charlie)
What is your inspiration for the book? (Daria and Fahim) 

I was inspired by history, my love of London and also my love of detective stories – especially Sherlock Holmes!

Why a hairy boy? (Donnie and Luke )
How did you get the idea of Wild Boy and his features? (Daniel) 

It’s a real disease called hypertrichosis – which many freak show performers did actually have. It seemed right for the character.

Where did you get the name Wild Boy from? (Luca and Rachel ) 

I can’t remember – sometimes names just pop into your head! It seemed like a good one when I first thought of it, and it just stuck.

Why did you make Sir Oswald have no legs? I like that you did this because it is not cliche. (Leo) 

He’s a survivor of a famous battle called the Battle of Waterloo, and was hit by a cannon and lost his legs.

Very descriptive and interesting, suspense is displayed amazingly especially with the cloud, as it seems like a snake or creature going around the town. (Fahimur) 

Thank you! I’m glad you like it so far!

I like the way you used short sentences because it builds a lot of suspense and interest (Julia)

YES, well spotted! It’s good to mix sentence length – short and long, so they’re not all the same.

I like the description of the fog rolling into the city. (Leo) 

Thank you Leo!

I like the fact that Wild Boy can read people and say what happened in their life. (Daniel) 

Great! I hope you enjoy the rest of the story…

I am enjoying the book so far because it has kept me on edge and the suspense was really cold through: suspense, metaphors, gruesome descriptions, personification and short sentences. (Kai)

That’s great Kai, thank you. It was important to work on this details very hard to get them right.

I think the book is fantastic and it is so mysterious e.g the workhouse mystery. Sofia 

Thanks Sofia!

I like how you made it sound creepy to build suspense. It’s an incredible book because it has so much description. (Harry) 

Thanks Harry!!

It is exciting and extremely enjoyable. I really like that Wild Boy and Oswald have a connection. I am very connected and pulled in by the book. (Seb) 

Thank you Seb! Hope you enjoy the rest of the story…

I like the way you used short sentences and personification. I like how you slowly started to describe Wild Boy. (Maia) 

Yes, thanks Maia – I needed to introduce him slowly to the readers, so it’s not too much in one go.

You created amazing suspense and excitement by putting short sentences, alliteration, description and personification. I loved every single bit right down to the letter because of how you build up the descriptions. (Fahim) 

Thanks Fahim! Really hope you enjoy the rest of the story!

 

Last week Rob asked the class to create their very own characters…
These characters are amazing – love the drawings too! We could imagine all of them appearing in published books! Fantastic work Year 6 Mile Oak!
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WILD BOY!

Mile Oak, Year 6 already have their heads firmly stuck in Rob Lloyd Jones’ brilliant book Wild Boy!
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Rob kicked off by asking the class ‘what is your favourite story and why’ –  we’re intrigued! Let’s have a little look……

‘What is my favourite story and why’

I really enjoyed reading your answers, and especially how many of you told me not just about the lot of your favourite stories, but also how your favourite stories make you feel.  You were excited, intrigued, thrilled – which are all big emotions!

Good stories are full of different feelings – anger, excitement, sadness, happiness, relief and lots more. Authors use those feelings to draw the readers into the story, and make have empathy for the main characters.  Once a reader feels for the characters, they want to follow them through all their adventures and will be totally gripped by the story.

A lot of you also talked about your favourite character in those stories, which is great! Character is SO important – as we’ll learn from the next exercise.

Several of you talked about CHARACTERS in your replies – which was really great! Kai, Julia, Harry, Rachel and Mia – as well as whoever wrote about Midnight Gang (sorry your name wasn’t on the reply)  – your answers were especially great, because you spoke about characters. Usually you like a story because you like the characters, or hate the characters – or find them funny. Characters are KEY to story telling.

So I thought I’d give you another little task.  Now that you know how books can make you feel, and how authors use feelings to make you like their characters, I want to think a bit more about the actual characters.  So think of your favourite character in any story – and describe that character in one or two sentences. You can write what they look like, but it’s more important to describe what sort of person they are. It doesn’t have to be the hero in a story – it could be a villain, or just a small character in a book that you particularly remember.

Thanks! Rob

Check in next week to see which characters Year 6 go crazy for!
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INTRODUCING 2018’S ADOPTED AUTHORS!

We are currently experiencing same level excitement as Charlie Bucket, you know when he peels away the foil from his golden ticket chocolate bar??!! Yes, yes, we are THAT EXCITED….. because we can now reveal the Brighton & Hove primary classes who have successfully ADOPTED THEIR 2018 AUTHOR’S…..

*coughs* DRUM ROLL PLEEEEEEASE:

HELLO AUTHORS!

HELLO SCHOOLS!

We are absolutely thrilled that Rob Lloyd Jones will be returning to the project to take Year 6 from Mile Oak on a fantastic adventure with his wonderful book Wild Boy.

Next up we welcome Imogen White to the project who will be introducing Carden Primary to Rose Muddle in The Amber Pendent – an exciting magical mystery full of captivating twists and turns…..

Alex Milway brings to Benfield Primary the adventures of Pigsticks, the world’s most optimistic pig, and his sidekick Harold, an over-anxious hamster in his joyous and hilarious story Pigsticks and Harrold.

And finally, M. G. Leonard will be sharing insights into her beautiful and brave Beetle Boy to Year 5 & 6 Stanford Juniors. We can’t wait!

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 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 – ‘what encouraged you to be a writer?’ and ‘if you were stranded on a desert island and only had two historical people for company who would you choose and why?’ – I bet that one’s got you thinking!

Please check back for updates on what is going to be a very exciting Adopt An Author 2018!

 

 

Cool Characters at Carden!

Carden have been chatting all about character these past couple of weeks and in response to Rob’s last task have come up with some very interesting beings of their own – some we’d even like to meet IRL! Here’s a few examples of their brilliant work below:

Hello all

I loved reading your character descriptions. All of them were brilliantly described.

Bradley, Tayla, Darcey, Tommy, Max, Ella, Junior, Nillab,
All of your characters were so much fun to read, so thank you for telling me about them! It seemed that you had fun writing abut them too, because you told me a lot of great detail. You told me how your characters looked and Some of you added interesting background stories too, which is great. It would be good though to know a bit more about how your characters behave now. Characters should always be ACTING – that’s what teaches us about them, rather than how they look or dress. Have a think about how your characters act – are they kind, caring, or evil? Can you give me examples of them being so?

Aunittri
I love that you describe Violence Violet as ‘Nice and Brutal’ ! That is a very interesting way to describe someone – can you think why she is like that? And how does she show these two sides of herself?

Tarian
The Noose is cock and childish – that’s a nice bit of character description. Can you think of examples of how the character shows this?

Carol
Siera Everett is a cool character name! I love that you told me about how she took in the orphan boy – is shows the kind side of her character by the way she acts – which is perfect writing.

Humayra
I like the background details about Katie – and that you say she is Nosy and naughty! Can you think of ways she shows this about herself?

Aldric
I loved this Aldric! DJ sounds really interesting. You’ve created world and characters full of possible stories, with loads of good detail.

Ollie Wow – Dagon sounds really interesting! Why is he so evil though? You tell me how he became the god of the undead, but I’d like to know more about his feelings.

Phoebe
This is a great character description, Phoebe. You tell me a lot about who Sophie is, rather than what he looks like – which is perfect. She sounds like someone who would be a lot of fun to write a story about.

Hailey
This is such a lovely, simply idea for a character, Hailey – with loads of good background. I’d like to know a bit more abut who Loliea is NOW though. Think about her daily routines and hopes and fears…

Michael
Jonny Gibson sounds like a really interesting character, Michael. I like that he ‘hates children’ – but can you tell me why? You describe him well, telling me about who he is rather than what he looks like, which is great.

Lilia
Ziggie sounds like a very interesting character Lilia, and you describe her really
well. You say she is mischievous – but can you give me any examples of when and how?

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Its great that you chose to write a made u story about a real person, Connow – and a really interesting one too. There’s good background detail here = but can you tell me more about how Paul Pogba thinks and feels?

 

Rob thought that these characters were so great that they should take them further….

Now that you have thought up such great characters, lets do something with them. Most stories begin with a character living their normal life (some people call this the ‘status quo’). That normal life doesn’t have to be a USUAL life to you and me – but just one that for them in their world is normal. So Wild Boy’s normal life at the start is to live on a freak show and fight with Augustus Finch and spy on people using his detective skills. Then SOMETHING HAPPENS to thrusts the character from their normal life and into an adventure. In Wild Boy that SOMETHING is when he defends Sir Oswald and so he has to run away. So then he has to steal money to survive, which ends up with him stealing the mysterious letter – and after that the story takes off. I would like you to think of your character’s normal life that you have all described, and then think what THING could happen to them that would thrust them into a story, and maybe a little more in a paragraph about what that story might be.

Good luck!

Rob

 

We can’t wait to see what Ziggie, DJ, Siera Everett, Violence Violet et al have been up to! Nice work Carden!

Team AAA x

Post Easter Challenges

We’re back after a jolly good Easter and Rob Lloyd Jones has got back to Bevendean after taking up a new hobby…

 

Hello all,

I hope you all had fun Easter breaks, and didn’t eat toooo much chocolate!

I was busy working on my new book, about treasure hunters searching for a secret tomb in Egypt. I even bought a metal detector, to practice hunting for treasure.

I really enjoyed reading your character descriptions. It was great that you didn’t just write down what characters look like – which isn;t the most important thing at all. What matters, remember, is how they act and what they do. So your descriptions called them shy, shady, lazy, copy – which are all great ways to describe a character and how they act (or don’t act, if they are lazy).

So when you tell a story about someone, try to think what that person would do – not what they look like. A character’s actions make the story happen – if a bad person does something bad, or a good person does something good – those actions have consequences, which cause a story to start happening.

It sounds to me as if you would like to write more about these characters you created – so let’s do that next. Now that you have thought up your characters, lets do something with them.  Most stories begin with a character living their normal life (some people call this the ‘status quo’). That normal life doesn’t have to be a USUAL life to you and me – but just one that for them in their world is normal.  So Wild Boy’s normal life at the start is to live on a freak show and fight with Augustus Finch and spy on people using his detective skills.

Then SOMETHING HAPPENS to thrusts the character from their normal life and into an adventure. In Wild Boy that SOMETHING is when he defends Sir Oswald and so he has to run away. So then he has to steal money to survive, which ends up with him stealing the mysterious letter – and after that the story takes off.

I would like you to think of your character’s normal life that you have all described, and then think what THING could happen to them that would thrust them into a story, and maybe a little more in a paragraph about what that story might be.

Good luck with the challenge – looking forward to reading the results!

All the best, Rob

 

We can’t wait to hear the results either Bevendean! Now get jotting!

Story time at Bevendean

Year 6 have had a tough job picking their brains to choose their favourite stories this week, their author Rob Lloyd Jones had set:

Hello all!

I’m obsessed with good stories – not really with brilliant writing or spelling or anything like that, so mainly I’ll be talking to you about telling stories. Sometimes maybe a bit about my stories – Wild Boy and how I wrote that one – but mostly I’d like to focus on how you can tell stories of your own. There’s no such thing as a bad story, or a wrong story, so there are no wrong answers!

What is your favourite story, and why?

Thanks – looking forward to hearing your replies!

 Rob 

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