School’s out, reading’s in!

Hooray – the holidays are here! What are you most looking forward to this summer?

We hope you have a fantastic summer full of amazing adventures (and wherever you go, make sure to bring your favourite book with you 😊) If you haven’t completed our summer reading bingo yet, just click here. It’s bound to keep you busy all summer long!

We can’t wait to see you all again in September for another year of action, cliffhangers and voting fun, but for now… take it easy!

The FE team x

P.S. Stay tuned for our very own summer reading challenge! Check our website soon to see more details…

Chapter Five – it’s the end of Wolf War

Hi Readers,

Well the last chapter of Wolf War is done and dusted and will soon be zooming its way into your e-readers. It’s been great fun writing about wolves for Fiction Express. You can imagine how busy I am each Tuesday and Wednesday after the votes come in – writing like crazy to get the next chapter finished!

I’m a great fan of e-readers. I’ve got a Kindle Paperwhite which has a back light, so it’s brilliant for reading in the middle of the night. I always have to read before I can fall off to sleep. Even when I was your age I used to read under the covers. Let me know if any of you are the same and have to read at least a few paragraphs, before going to sleep. Sometimes I’ve got so hooked on a book that I end up reading the whole thing in a night!

Now – back to Wolf War. The end is nigh! I can’t tell you how it ends but I can post some images of how I imagine the wolves as I write.

This is how I see Alpha, the lone white wolf, when he threatens Peter…

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But I also see him like this, roaming free….

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Here’s how I imagine pale grey Six to look –

And dark grey Thirteen –

Will the wolves, with the help of Peter, Nela and Cooper, manage to get away and hide in the rocks?

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Will they find their freedom as a pack?

Or be put back in cages?

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It’s not long until you all find out! Hope you enjoy  – let me know. I’d love to hear from you!

The Real Cave of Many Colours

The final chapter of SHADOWCAVE goes live today. Will Kard and Shim make it to the Cave of Many Colours and lift the curse on their tribe?

I based the Cave of Many Colours on a real cave in France. It’s actually a complex of caves, one leading into the other but it’s officially called the Lascaux cave, and it’s found outside the village of Montignac in southwestern France. There are over 600 paintings on the walls, mostly of animals, including bison, horses, deer and bulls.

They were made around 17,000 years ago and it’s very lucky for us that they survived so long because they teach us a lot about the stone age people.

The caves were discovered accidentally by a teenager in 1940. His name was Marcel Ravidat. Can you imagine stumbling on an artistic treasure like that? Marcel fetched his friends and they explored the caves together. The awe they must have felt seeing the mysterious drawings for the first time inspired me to write Shadowcave. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.  If you have time after you’ve read the final chapter, please leave me a comment below. Ta!

2 days until the final chapter…

Yesterday our authors received the winning votes and are currently hard at work writing chapter 5 (which means you don’t have long to wait to read it!). Which story have you been reading? And how do you think the stories will end?

Here are some questions to ponder in the meantime:

  1. If you could ask your favourite character from Wolf War, Shadowcave or Samuel Squeaks’ Diary one question, what would it be?
  2. What 3 adjectives would you choose to describe your favourite character?
  3. Choose your favourite moment so far from the story you’re reading. What makes it your favourite moment?

Now let’s test your vocabulary knowledge with a wordsearch!

If you’re reading Samuel Squeaks’ Diary, click here

If you’re reading Shadowcave, click here

If you’re reading Wolf War, click here

Let us know your answers and make sure to tune in at Friday 1pm to see if your vote won!

Animals of the Stone Age

I hope you’re all enjoying Kard and Shim’s journey to the Cave of many Colours in SHADOWCAVE. In the last chapter, our heroes ran into a dangerous hyena but were saved from certain doom by a mysterious stranger called Ari.

The hyena was only one of many other wild animals that lived in Britain in the stone age. It was much bigger than the hyenas we see in Africa today. Many of the prehistoric bones found in archeological digs bears the teeth marks of hyenas, and they show that stone age hyenas were massive. Hyenas sometimes hunted in packs. They were bold and fierce enough to attack woolly mammoths and cave bears.

Cave bears were enormous. A fully grown one could measure up to three metres when standing on its hind legs.  They were vegetarian and hibernated in winter – making them easy prey for the hyena.

Perhaps the most well-known of the stone age animals was the woolly mammoth. It was a relative of the elephant, having the same kind of curved tusks. It also had a thick, woolly coat, which helped it keep warm.

Other animals of the stone age include the sabre-toothed tiger and the wild horse. You can still see prehistoric horses at a special ranch in Germany. They look magnificent. Who knows if Kard and Shim might see one on their travels?  Leave a comment in the box below and tell me what you think?

 

London Transport

How do you get around London today? There are lots of ways.  

On foot, by car, bicycle, motorbike or taxi, by bus, tram, boat or tube. Or even roller blades or skateboard!

Getting around London in Samuel Squeaks’ time was a bit different. There were carts and carriages pulled by horses but the roads were so bumpy that the journey made your teeth rattle.  And the horses made a lot of manure!

 

You could ride in a sedan chair a bit like this one.

You would ride while the men carrying you got dirty feet.

Travelling by foot was no fun. You had to avoid the carts and horses and risk walking along roads full of rubbish and horse manure. Also you could be in danger from people emptying their chamber pots out of an upstairs window. Poo from above and below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best road in London in 1666 wasn’t a road at all. It was the River Thames. It was always very busy with barges and wherries taking people up and down the river. It was the quickest way to cross the river too as there was only one bridge – London Bridge.

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And when London caught fire, the river was the safest place to be!

Summertime is almost here…

Wow, isn’t it hot at the moment? Summer is most definitely on its way and that means we’ll soon be FREEEE.

But what are you going to do when school’s out? Don’t worry, we’ve come up with a summer reading bingo! 16 reading and writing challenges that you can take on over the summer holidays fantastic. You can print this picture out and stick it up in your bedroom or on the fridge (anywhere you will see it every day!). When you’ve completed a challenge, just cross it off. How many can you complete this summer? You could even compete with your friends!

P.S. Voting for chapter 3 closes today at 3pm… Make sure you get your vote in on time!