IMAGINATION SPARKS AND CHALLENGES
A while ago I put up some free, downloadable story challenges and activities to spark the imagination. Suitable for grades 4-6 with a bit of flexibility at either end. Feel free to print them out and share them with others. If you post the results online, I’d love you to tag me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Below you’ll find an offer of free bookplates (three different sorts), a link to my cat Harry’s blog, and a number of links that will tell you more about the characters in the Keepers trilogy and how the books came about. There’s also a terrific game. I hope you enjoy these extras!
Free bookplates #1
I’ve had some very cute bookplates made. The first lot are the newest ones, and they’re designed to go with any of my books.
And I’m giving them away .
They are only small – roughly 7.5 x 10.5 cm (3″ x 4″) – and the idea is that, if you want your copy of Accidental Heroes (or the next two books in the trilogy) signed, but don’t live near me, you get a signed bookplate instead, peel the backing off and stick it in the front of your book.
If you’d like one (or two or three) leave a message on my blog here and I’ll email you to get your address.
These were designed and drawn by Sher Rill Ng, the artist who did the Rogues covers.
Free Bookplates #2
The second lot are for the Hidden (Icebreaker) series with Mister Smoke and Missus Slink on them.
If you’d like one (or two or three) of these, leave a message on my blog here .
As well as my signature, I can personalise them with someone’s name – ‘For Gladys’ – or include a short message – ‘Happy Birthday!’ – but there’s not room for much more.
These ones, and the next ones, were designed and drawn by Sebastian Ciaffaglione, who did all the character drawings for the Keepers trilogy, as well as the Australian covers. He also did the first lot of covers for the Hidden series.
Free Bookplates #3
The third lot of bookplates are for the Keepers trilogy, and feature Little Broo and Morg. I can sign or personalise these ones too. Unfortunately I only have a few of these ones left, and I’m not sure if I’ll order more. So I’m limiting these particular bookplates to one per person. If you’d like one, leave a message on my blog here, and I’ll email you to get your address.
Harry is a cat with an amazing history and an even better memory. Or maybe he’s just very good at lying. Anyway, for a while there he was writing his own blog. He hasn’t written anything for a while, being too busy eating and sleeping, but if you want to catch up with his adventures you can find them at http://vampiremice.wordpress.com/. It’s written in serial form, so it’s a good idea to start with the very first post.
The Keepers trilogy game
If you haven’t yet played the Keepers game, you’re in for a treat. It’s a difference game, based around the rooms in the Museum of Dunt.
The Keepers characters
What was the first sentence Goldie Roth ever signed in fingertalk? How old was Toadspit when he taught himself to pick locks? What does Guardian Hope dream of, alone in her room at night? You’ll find the answers to these questions (and many more about the characters from Museum of Thieves) here.
What does Bonnie Hahn hate more than anything else? What is the name of Cord’s knife? Why do the orchards at Princess Frisia’s castle grow so well? For more information about the characters in City of Lies, go here.
Looking for a lesson on camouflage from Sinew?
Or some instructions on fingertalk from Goldie herself?
A letter from Lian
And finally, here’s a letter from me, describing how I first got the idea for the Keepers trilogy.