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Summer Space Stories

What’s the news in space right now? The International Space Station   Tomorrow will see the Russian Space Agency (called Roscosmos) sending one of their Soyuz Spacecraft up to the International Space Station (ISS). This will be the 45th Expedition to the...

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Top Summer Reads for Children

Great books for 8-12 year olds If you’re anything like me, you like to buy or download books just for your holiday. There they sit, tempting you to just read the first few lines. If you succumb, they are somehow spoilt and you then have an overwhelming desire to...

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Look up and smile

Smile at the moon   Is the moon lonely up there in the night? All on its own – way out of sight Behind the clouds and right up high It looks quite clumsy in all that sky   And what does it do…why is it there? A huge bright eye that likes to stare...

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What made you share your words…and worlds?

Questions and Answers… AUTHOR INTERVIEW – S Y Palmer Where are you from? I live in the UK. I moved from Lancashire to The Cotswolds at the age of 7 and have been living in rural Oxfordshire since 1995. Tell us your latest news? My first children’s...

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A World of Books

Celebrating World Book Night…questions and answers Q: What is World Book Night? A: World Book Night is a night of celebration! Enthusiastic volunteers at libraries, bookshops and other venues give away books and share their love of reading with those who...

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What’s happening in space now?

Visit the NASA Kids’ Club to find out… This Friday (27th March), 1 NASA astronaut and 2 Russian cosmonauts will fly up to the International Space Station to join 3 other members of the Expedition 43 crew. The Expedition 43 crew will represent the USA,...

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Train like an astronaut

Fitness Tests for children from NASA Michael May, the main character in my new children’s book May’s Moon, wants to be the first child astronaut! He enters a NASA competition to be the first child into space and has to go through the same sort of tests and...

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Reading to Write

  My first attempt at a children’s novel was an unmitigated disaster and one I shared with about thirty literary agents and publishers! I admit that there were perhaps one or two holes in my plot, characterisation, setting, pace, structure, climaxes,...

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Rhyme, Rhythm and Rap

I was lucky to be able to attend a Brian Moses ‘Rhyme, Rhythm & Rap’ poetry assembly at Holy Trinity Primary School in Cookham yesterday. I remember my own children reading Brian’s book, ‘Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe’ years ago, but...

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May’s Moon; an extract

CHAPTER ONE Click. Michael May fastened the last strap on his space suit and lifted on his helmet. ‘Primary life support system secure?’ shouted the bald-headed man in front of him. ‘Check!’ ‘Helmet secure?’ ‘Check!’ ‘Suit sealer secure?’ ‘Check!’ Michael looked...

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The Castle of Galinsk

A synopsis of The Castle of Galinsk (Fantasy for 9-12) Evil King Salek has sprinkled withering dust on part of King Randor’s lands, hypnotizing his people, destroying all plants and creatures and ageing the King. If he can’t reverse the spell, his Kingdom is lost....

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Jed’s Jailbreak

A synopsis of  Jed’s Jailbreak (Adventure for 9-12) Jed Carter is mad about dogs but since an accident in which his puppy Blaze was killed, Jed’s parents won’t consider another dog. The closest Jed can get is a summer job at a local rescue centre. Jed is in heaven...

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Poppy’s Periwinkles

A synopsis of  Poppy’s Periwinkles (Adventure for 9-12) Alice Clark’s greatest wish is to talk to her family about the death of her sister, Poppy. Each summer, she is sent to Trevellen to stay with her grandparents. She secretly visits the beach where she last saw...

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May’s Moon

A synopsis of May’s Moon  (Action Adventure/ Sci-Fi for 9-12 olds) Michael May is wearing a space suit, standing on the edge of the world’s largest pool, about to find out what it’s like to be weightless. Beating thousands of others, the geeky boy they call ‘Micky...

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First things first…

The last week has to have been one of the most exciting for me as a writer! After five years of putting pen to paper, scribbling down ideas, names, places and plots…I have just signed a contract to have my first children’s story ‘May’s Moon’ published. John Hunt...

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