A Cool Review for Shine in the Guardian

Shine by Candy Gourlay
'A precious and important novel that also explores exile from neighbours, family and country. The book is about reinvention and the faces we present to the world, whether it be in person, on a postcard or on the internet, all wrapped up in an exciting and perfectly paced story with a disturbing and dramatic climax.'
Philip Ardagh, The Guardian
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Thursday, 14 February 2013

Town Hall Tales - Visiting Virginia Primary and Sebright School

The children had all drawn pictures of the book!
I am scheduled to visit them again to see their work
on Tall Story and I CAN'T WAIT!
I'm a very tired author today so this blog post might not be high quality. But I just had to blog to say I had a wonderful time at my school visits today - first to Virginia Primary School in Tower Hamlets then to Sebright Primary School in Hackney with the Town Hall Tales.

Why was it so amazing?

1 The children had actually READ MY BOOK. I cannot tell you how wonderful that is. I wanted to burst into tears. Luckily I manage not to -  it would have been VERY embarrassing.

2 What well behaved, thoughtful, engaged children! What amazing questions. Teachers, let me tell you - the children did you proud.

3 I had to walk through Shoreditch to get to the schools. Now just the sound of the word 'Shoreditch' - well, it isn't promising. But as I walked from one school to another, I was totally bowled over.

I left the house very early in the morning. And this was the view
from the bus. Not promising.

As I left the tube station, I saw this building that appeared
to have paintings hanging on it.

They were windows reflecting the graffiti across the road!

Walking back to the station after the school visits, I saw this giant
hedgehog. I walked past it in the morning but I was so close
I didn't notice it the first time!

And on my way home, just before I entered the station, I glanced to the left
and this sign winked at me.
Thanks for a terrific time, Virginia and Sebright!

1 comment :

  1. Well done, tired author. What great children - I loved the picture!


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