Blogs and News - St George's School For Girls, Edinburgh
On Wednesday 5th February our Primary 4 and Primary 5 classes welcomed award-winning author Ross MacKenzie to Junior School. In the lead up to his visit, during our weekly library lessons, we had heard Ross reading from his debut book, Zac and the Dream Pirates online with Miss Barr. Ross's new book was launched on the day that he came to visit us and he read to us from his new book, Evernight. In his new book, Evernight is about to return and the only thing that can stop the darkness and chaos returning is a spell created by the witches... but, the spell is LOST!! P4 & P5 girls were asked during their library lessons to construct their very own lost spell by listing the ingredients in their potions and then illustrate them with a drawing.
On arrival at Junior School, Ross took the time to look through our spells and said it was a brilliant activity, one that he hadn't seen before. He was very impressed with our vivid imaginations and the diverse range of ingredients:unicorn hooves, tooth of a tiger, nail clipping from a teacher, breath of a dragon, 5 strands of cat hair, bees wings, brain of a rat, tongue of a toad, blood of a fairy, witches warts, etc. Both Ross and Miss Barr said they were blown away with the outstanding range of creative writing but felt a little bit terrified by some of the ideas!
During the talk, Ross told us about his childhood. It had been hearing a teacher read from a Roald Dahl book that suddenly made him decide that he really loved hearing stories and made him want to read. He said that he became an author because he wants children to feel the excitement that he did when reading a fantastic story and never wanting it to end. Ross explained that his new book Evernight is set in Victorian London and the main character is Lara. She and other children go searching for treasures in the sewers below the city. He explained that these children were called Toshers!
We really loved meeting Ross and having the opportunity to hear him read to us!