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Spring Edition 2019

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Bear Grylls, Ben Fogle, Louise Minchin & Cressida Cowell all contribute to this packed edition on the wonders of the great outdoors! Win a family holiday to Forte Village, Sardinia and join our Holland & Holland school clay tournament. It's our best issue yet!!

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Left to right: Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, Dreamworks still for forthcoming movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Illustration from Wizards of Once: Twice Magic and Cressida in her work studio. “I want girls to see heroines they admire. It was so annoying in the Famous Five to see Anne constantly making sandwiches” the norm and how demoralising that can be. And I can’t tell you how many parents have thanked me for having a dyslexic child as the writer”. Cowell’s female characters are also firmly in the spotlight. “I want girls to see heroines they admire. It was so annoying in the Famous Five to see Anne constantly making sandwiches. Emily Brown in my picture books is a redoubtable character. I cannot tell you how satisfactory it is when a 9-year-old boy says his favourite character is Wish or Camicazi. I’m not keen on the idea of boys’ or girls’ books”. In 2018 Cowell launched Free Writing Friday, a campaign to inspire children to write for pleasure. “I wanted something very practical that pupils could do for 15 minutes every week. Every child gets a book in which they can write whatever they want. It isn’t marked or judged and allows the simple joy of writing without thinking about handwriting and spelling”. The initiative was partly inspired by Miss Mellows, Cowell’s Year 3 teacher, who allowed her just such a book. “It’s amazing how one teacher can have such a wonderful effect on somebody’s life”. Her advice to young writers is to do as much reading as they possibly can. “Different types of stories: funny, adventure, factual. Ideas can come from everywhere; I read a lot of history to inspire me. And it’s fine to copy writers you admire or to not finish your stories. It’s all about practicing.” And what about the excitement of getting her books optioned by Hollywood? It was a surprise to Cowell when the offers flooded in, then quickly apparent that the Dragon series wasn’t a TV project: “Dragons need good special effects”. Cowell had long admired Dreamworks, and knew they could do the dragons “Stunningly well”. “They are extraordinary artists and immediately cared about the major themes: the father / son relationship, the dragons representing wildness, and Hiccup being a new kind of leader. With a book I’m in charge as writer, director, set designer. With a film it’s an ensemble piece”. When asked, as she often is, if she’ll write fiction for adults or move to LA and become a screenwriter, Cowell is clear: “I’m a writer of children’s books,

PROFILE Spring READS The best new books for this term Adults MIDNIGHT CHICKEN & OTHER RECIPES WORTH LIVING FOR by Ella Risbridger Recipes so inviting you’ll head straight for the kitchen: roast garlic and tomato soup, uplifting chilli-lemon spaghetti, charred leek lasagne, squash skillet pie, spicy fish finger sandwiches and burnt-butter brownies. Settle down and read it with a cup of tea (or a glass of wine), and you’ll also discover that it’s an annotated list of things worth living for – a manifesto of moments worth living for. A cookbook to make you fall in love with the world again. £22 (Hardback) Foyles PHOTOGRAPHY: © ANDREW CROWLEY / TELEGRAPH MEDIA GROUP LIMITED 2018, © 2019 UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONAL , © DEBRA HURFORD BROWN and this is what I dreamt of being when I was a little girl. Part of the excitement is the quest of getting children to read. If you’re used to something magically beaming on to a screen reading can come to be associated with effort, so to have illustrations breaking up the text is a huge help. Illustration isn’t a weapon exactly, but as a tool in my armoury it’s hugely helpful. You have to fight to get readers. Books are under threat and we can’t lose them; they offer something special that films don’t, and research has proved their importance in gaining language and empathy skills”. Asked which three people she’d take to the island of her childhood, the name that springs instantly from her mind is her, “Darling father. He died last year and knew everything about trees and landscapes. I’d also take Sir David Attenborough, another nature person. And Shakespeare! I think they’d get on. I imagine Shakespeare would be rather a gentle listening type of a man”. Seniors CROW FLIGHT by Susan Cunningham Gin trusts logic a little too much. She even designs programs to decide what to eat and how to spend her time. All that changes when she’s paired with a new transfer student, Felix, on a computer modeling assignment to explain certain anomalies in the behavior of crows. As she enters Felix’s world and digs further into the data behind crow behavior, Gin uncovers a terrible secret. And the wrong decision could equal disaster squared… £9.84 (Paperback) www.wordery.com Juniors THE WIZARDS OF ONCE: TWICE MAGIC by Cressida Cowell Witches are creating havoc in the wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk. Wish is in possession of a powerful magic spelling book. Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand. Wish and Xar are separated by the highest wall imaginable. But time is running out... It was unlikely that these heroes should meet in the first place. Is it possible they are destined to meet TWICE? £12.99 (Hardback) Waterstones SPRI NG 19 ★ schoolnotices.co.uk 33

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