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What else has happened...

Book Week Programme
This Wednesday, the International School of Schaffhausen invited me to participate in their book week. The overall theme was "Overcoming Adversity". Don Dobrenski, the responsible teacher/librarian, thought THE VENETIAN PEARLS would fit in because Daniel, one of the protagonists, lost his leg in a car accident.
Main Building International School of Schaffhausen
The school is located in a stately building that used to house workers in the olden days. The higher grades have found a home in a former warehouse (the gym – to name but one feature – is fantastic!).

After a cordial reception and very welcome coffee, Don
showed me to the hall where the reading was going to take place. He'd made a striking poster advertising the different book week events. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw how prominently my book and reading session were publicised.

Chaffed that my book features just below Malala's Story
The first, longer session was with a lively bunch of 4 and 5 graders. They immersed themselves immediately in the story and asked so many interesting questions that we almost missed the end of the lesson. The second session with 6 and 7 graders was shorter as it was their homeroom lesson. Big surprise: One of those pupils had spent last year's holidays in St. Mary's on the Isles of Scilly! And he'd stayed at the Star Castle Hotel where some of the book's action takes place.  His account was even more enthusiastic than mine tends to be.

Both readings at the International School of Schaffhausen didn't feel like work at all. The kids' passion for books and reading was infectious. They gave me a real energy boost, and made me realise once again why I'm writing for children.  

The school hall used to be the workers' common dining room