Friday, September 15, 2017

Scarlett Thomas at Chandlings

On the afternoon of 12th September, 100 excited year 5 & 6 pupils piled into the Lantern Hall at Chandlings School to be greeted by acclaimed author Scarlett Thomas.

After a brief introduction by librarian, Elspeth Greig, and our very own Sarah from Mostly Books, Scarlett took to the floor.

After starting off with an introduction to all things magic and the characters in her new book Dragon's Green, Scarlett soon whipped the children into a frenzy when she started asking them questions such as whether they had magical powers, what those powers were and whether they would take the place of a friend who was going to be eaten by a dragon(!).

Scarlett introduced all of the Kharakters that exist in Dragon's Green and asked
the children to 
nominate one of their teachers to go up to the front to be analysed!!  Mr Hancock was the (un)lucky volunteer and after a number of questions were answered by the children (our favourite being 'Is Mr Hancock nice or scary?'), it was decided that he was a Bard with a smattering of Witch (yes, it's true, boys & men can be witches too).* 

The children were then asked a bunch of questions about themselves and the answers helped Scarlett identify five pairs of pupils to come to the front of the hall.  Based on the answers that they were given, each pair was aligned to one of the five main characters in Dragon's Green: Euphemia Sixten Bookend Truelove (otherwise known as Effie), Maximilian Underwood, Wolf Reed, Alexa Bottle (known as Lexy) & Raven Wilde.  All 10 children were given magic crystals to take away with them as a reminder of everything that Scarlett had talked about.

When Scarlett opened the floor for questions, the children interrogated her on a range of topics including the stories, the process of writing and what made Scarlett become an author. 

 After the talk was finished, a long queue formed for the children to meet the author and to give them the opportunity to have their book signed. 

It was a brilliant afternoon and a great way for the pupils at Chandlings to start their new school year.  A huge thank you to Scarlett and the team at Chandlings for making it such a great success.

Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas was published in paperback on 7th September.  

* If you would like to find out which Kharakter you are, you can take a quiz on the WorldQuake website (click here to go to the quiz).

Team Reads: Imogen

What book are you reading right now?
I’m reading The Usborne Illustrated Odyssey (9781409598930) at the moment, a slightly easier version of the classic that I can understand before I venture into reading the actual Odyssey.

I’m also reading Spellslinger (9781785761317), by Sebastien de Castell, which, while I’m only a few chapters in, looks to be an awesome story about magic.

MAGIC IS A CON GAME. Kellen is moments away from facing his first mage's duel and the start of four trials that will make him a spellcaster. There's just one problem: his magic is gone.

As his sixteenth birthday approaches, Kellen falls back on his cunning in a bid to avoid total disgrace. But when a daring stranger arrives in town, she challenges Kellen to take a different path. Ferius Parfax is one of the mysterious Argosi - a traveller who lives by her wits and the three decks of cards she carries.

She's difficult and unpredictable, but she may be Kellen's only hope... The first in a rich and compelling fantasy series bursting with tricks, traps and a devious talking squirrel cat.

It’s out in hardback at the moment, but comes out in paperback in two weeks time!

What are you enjoying about the book?
Currently, I’m enjoying the authors take on magic – and the characters own take on it as well. In the very first chapter, we get introduced to how he twists things around so he looks like a powerful spell caster, when the opposite is the actual truth.

What book(s) that have arrived into the shop this week are you looking forward to reading and why?
Warcross by Marie Lu (9780241321423) was unpacked from a delivery as I stood writing this, and I may have squealed slightly. Lu is the author of two previous series, Legend, and The Young Elites, and both are brilliant. 

Bloomsbury also brought out a series of Modern Classics this week, with beautiful matching covers, one of which being The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (9781408891384). While I have read this book before, I am now looking forward to a reread of it!