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March 2020

Book Week this month was a great success. I really enjoyed spending time with pupils of Wormholt Park School, talking about World War 2 and Beetle Reich. At the Independent Jewish Day School, we talked about the themes of The Scruffapillar and I was sent 30 letters from the pupils of class Y6.. I promise to reply to each and every one of them, and look forward to building on our relationship. At Our Lady of Lourdes school (London N11) I was there on World Book Day itself, and the costumes on show were quite amazing. Next time I’ll have to come in costume too. At Selborne Primary, I was struck by how huge this school was – three form intake – it’s a small town in itself, and it is outstanding. I really enjoyed discussing my books with the lower school – I’ll have to come back another day to discuss Beetle Reich with the upper school as they were on a field trip that day, I look forward to that.

At St. Monica’s school (London N14) we spent the whole day together doing a range of class and assembled activitIes. In fact I had visited St. Monica’s late last year and had a focus group with Year 6. They were absolutely brilliant, and came up with wonderful ideas that helped me to write my books. I was delighted to show them how that input was reflected in the publication of The Rat That Flapped. Thank you to headteacher Kate Baptiste and Mrs Warrington for all of your help.

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