|WEEK ONE||THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT|
|Monday 23/07||The Hairy Toe||East Finchley Library N2 9BB|
|Tuesday 24/07||The Witching Hour||Friends House N21 1LE|
|Thursday 26/07||Spooky Music for Writing||Friends House N21 1LE|
|WEEK TWO||ALL AROUND THE WORLD|
|Monday 30/07||Japan – Haikus||East Finchley Library N2 9BB|
|Tuesday 31/07||Norway – Myths||Friends House N21 1LE|
|Wednesday 1/08||Scotland – Fairy Tales||Friends House N21 1LE|
|Thursday 02/08||Australia – Traditional and Modern Tales||Friends House N21 1LE|
|WEEK THREE||THE NATURAL WORLD|
|Monday 06/08||Animals in Stories||East Finchley Library N2 9BB|
|Tuesday 07/08||The Wishing Tree||Friends House N21 1LE|
|Thursday 09/08||Nature Poetry||Oakwood Library N14 4XA|
|WEEK FOUR||A LITERARY JOURNEY|
|Monday 13/08||Mysterious Maps||East Finchley Library N2 9BB|
|Tuesday 14/08||Greek Myths||Oakwood Library N14 4XA|
|Thursday 16/08||Fantasy Worlds||Friends House N21 1LE|
Saturday 28th April
CAROLINE GREEN WORKSHOP
We have the pleasure of welcoming Caroline (Cass) Green to run a workshop with our writers on Saturday 28th April . Her books for young adults have won many awards and her latest novel for adults, ‘In a Cottage in a Wood’, is a Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Caroline has years of experience teaching teens. Caroline also runs workshops for adult writers and is involved in mentoring schemes. We are very excited that she has agreed to come to The Story Room to run an exciting fantasy workshop and pass on some of her wisdom to our teen writers. She has a gentle manner and tonnes of enthusiasm that will inspire novice and experienced teen writers.
For more information about Caroline please visit http://www.wordsaway.info/caroline-green/
Praise for‘Cracks’By Caroline Green
‘If you devoured The Hunger Games, (this) will hit the spot.
Green’s fast-paced thriller is a standalone novel, and you’re on
her hero’s side all the way…entertaining, funny and thoughtful.’
Amanda Craig, The Times
‘Caroline Green’s thriller is taut and suspense-packed
right up to the last page.’
‘Beautifully crafted, fast-paced thriller in which nothing is as it seems.
More like this please.’
Time of Workshop:3.30pm to 5.00pm
Location:Friends House, 59 Church Hill, London N21 1LE
Fee: £25.00 .- please book in advance to avoid disappointment .
If you have any Caroline Green books at home bring them along for Caroline to sign.
Dear Peter Bunzl, We recently read Cogheart at our Book Club with our charming group of children in school years 4 to 6. They all really enjoyed it. They have written you some lovely letters and drawn some amazing illustrations. We hope you enjoy reading them. Best wishes, The Story Room
Despite the fact that I do not like fantasy, I loved it! I thought a mechanical fox was a stupendous idea. My favourite character was definitely Robert as her liked to take the main risk at everything. R.S.
I am writing to you regarding your book: Cogheart! I enjoyed this very much and liked reading it. I loved Lily because she was adventurous and brave. I would love to have a mechanical fox like Malkin one day. I love how you described the characters. However, I would have enjoyed it more if it hadn’t been so convenient. I still loved this book though. I would rate it 8.9 out of 10. Maria-Nephele.
I thought your book Cogheart was good. I liked the setting, I could visualise the places you described. Lily was my favourite and i liked the beginning when the Dad and the fox were in the sky in the zip and Malkin was given the task of finding Lily. I thought some parts of the plot were convenient in places. I would love a mechanical fox like the one in the book.
I enjoyed the idea of this book. I would give it 8.5 out of 10. This is because I liked the whole world of the mechanical people animals and things. I think the book was slow in some places. I loved the setting and really enjoyed reading about the stalking men. James
The book is REALLY COOL! I love it. Especially the mechanical animals. I am hoping you will write another book! QUESTIONS: Do you have pets? Which football team do you support? Katerina
- Cogheart is my favourite book ever. The story of Lily, Robert and Malkin was exciting and dangerous. You made it very tense as the silver eyes men came onto the stage. It was very surprising and unexpected when Mr Silverfish, Lily’s godfather, he turned out to be a traitor. I like the appearance of Anna in the story. They were thinking they had to fight Anna when she started being nice to them. From your description you make it sound as if she is one the the life savers in the story. You make it seem like she isn’t stuck up like Alice and seems to like her mechanicals as friends. She sticks up for Molly when she needs help and gives her advice and keeps a mechanical fox called Malkin. Though you make it go all gloomy when Lily is thrown into the cold, dark bunker. You make Lily’s childminder sound as if she enjoys having a nice little chat with Mr Roach. It’s creepy when Mr Roach gives Lily the sweet.My favourite character in Cogheart is Malkin the fox because he is a very brave character like Lily and a smart mechanical fox to go and find Lily at the start of the book. Robert is also brave, trying to accept that his father is gone. He must have been angry at Lily and Malkin at the start but he calmed down when he remembered that Lily hadn’t got a mother or a father.
Thank you for writing Cogheart. I couldn’t put it down.
Dear SF Said,
We recently read Varjak Paw in our Book Club for school years 4 to 6 and they all really enjoyed it. It was a very popular choice and was received and read with much enthusiasm.
I promised to send you some of our Book Clubber’s questions and comments… so here goes….
- I thought Varjak Paw was a good book. Do you have children? If so, do you ever read your stories to them?
- I really like Varjak Paw. It was really exciting and fun. I especially loved ‘the way’. It was so cool how Varjak could do lots of amazing things. I will read your other books. Maybe Sally Bones gets territorial and they have battled but Varjak find out that there is another skill in the ‘they way of Jalal’ that has been buried in history.
- I thought the book was brilliant I thought that the action was amazing and the mystery bits added tension. I would rate it 9/10
- I would rate Varjak Paw by SF Said (3 stars out of 5) Because you didn’t know much about the mysterious lady. How did she die? Or the man? Why did he want to turn the cats into robots?
- I think Varjak Paw is very interesting when he went from a boring life as a pet into a wild cat. He was very clever at finding out that the gentlemen were dangerous. I think Holly is a very important because she told Varjak Paw that the vanishings were happening.
- I couldn’t put Varjak Paw down. I loved it!
Thank you for reading our comments and writing such a wonderful book.
The Story Room.
At The Story Room we believe that children should be encouraged and praised for reading books of their choice. However, when your child is preparing for their 11-Plus entrance examinations they need to prepare for the sort of language they will face in the comprehension papers. Reading a variety of books will help them with this challenge.
Reading old and modern children’s classics will help your child develop their comprehension skills and expand their vocabulary, which is essential for the Verbal Reasoning tests. Reading good writing will also help improve your child’s writing style as they will be able identify the use of literary devices e.g. similes and personification etc. in sentences and be able to use these techniques in their own writing. Reading helps improve grammar and spelling too!
The following is intended to be a guide to books suitable for children in years 4, 5 and 6. It covers a range of genres. Some of the texts will be more difficult to read than others, so care should be taken when choosing a book that your child might enjoy. Reading should not be regarded as homework or a chore, but seen as something pleasurable. If your child is not enjoying the book they are reading then reading extracts from the book and discussing the story with your child is a valuable exercise too.
Five Children and It
The Railway Children
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Secret Garden
The Magician’s Nephew
The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe
Tom’s Midnight Garden
Goodnight, Mister Tom
Journey to the River Sea
The Butterfly Lion
Anne of Green Gables
The Firework-Maker’s Daughter
Stig of the Dump
The Silver Sword
The Sword in the Stone
The Wind in The Willows
Call of the Wild
Lynne Reid Banks
The Indian in the Cupboard
A Stitch in Time
The Ghost of Thomas Kempe
Roger McGough (Edited by)
The Ring of Words (An Anthology of Poetry for Children)
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
The Jungle Book
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland