Henry the Goat by Ella Watkins

At the moment our students are participating in a Writing Challenge at our school.  I thought 15 year old Ella Watkins might just inspire them!

Ella Watkins is the author of  “Henry’s Holiday” and  “Henry the Goat”

Photo courtesy The Mercury
Ella first drew Henry when she was 8 years old in Grade 3 when she had to draw a goat for a poem.  Ella drew Henry again at home for her parents and slowly Henry began to develop a life of his own in her lively water colour  illustrations.  
Ella became an author at the age of 13 when she brought Henry to life in his first book “Henry’s Holiday” and now she has written “Henry the Goat”.  


Ella describes Henry

Henry is no ordinary goat. You have never met a more enthusiastic, positive goat. He has grand ideas and plans and a great confidence to attempt anything he can think of…..

Henry lives an ordinary life but with the help of his imagination, a simple walk to the corner store can become an adventure. He passes most of his time with his two best friends Rufus and Oscar.

Ella has even more adventures planned for Henry.  Find out more at Henry the Goat’s website

Mission Fox by Justin D’Ath

Justin D’Ath has a lots of fans of his Extreme Adventure series starring Sam Fox.  Now Justin has a new series for younger readers called Mission Fox.

The main characters are brothers Harry and Jordan who are identical  twins.  They are secret agents who are dedicated to the protection, care and rescue of animals that are in danger or lost.  Together with their big, furry dog Myrtle, they form the animal rescue service Mission Fox.  Watch this book trailer to find out more about the Mission Fox books…


 You can also visit the Mission Fox website where you can meet Harry and Jordan, read about the books, check out the cool gadgets the boys use and there’s a Fun Stuff section too.

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We have Snake Escape and Panda Chase in our  New Book display ready to be borrowed next week!

Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo’s latest book, Shadow is another wonderful story!  The idea from this story came to Michael when he was reading about a black labrador working as a sniffer dog  for the Australian army.  After a fierce battle the dog  went missing and was presumed dead.  Fourteen months later the dog walked out of the desert and introduced itself to a new group of soldiers.  They were amazed the dog had survived all this time on its own.  Michael thought about this and decided the dog must have had some help to survive and the idea for his story began…

This story is told by three people.  Aman tells of his life in Afghanistan and how he and his mother escaped with the help of Shadow.  Matt tells about his friendship with Aman and his  new life in England.  Matt’s grandfather is a retired journalist, who after meeting Aman and his mother in a Detention Centre decides he needs to work with Matt to help them. 

If you like animal stories, survival stories and stories about other cultures then you will really enjoy this story!

Watch this introduction to Shadow by Michael Morpurgo…

If you would like to watch another  interview with Michael Morpurgo about his book Shadow or listen to Michael read some of the story then click  here

Bear and Chook by the Sea – Book Trailer

Congratulations to Marcus Graham who is 10 years old and won the CBCA Book Trailer Competition during Book Week  with his book trailer for Bear and Chook by the Sea.  Marcus’ book trailer is now in an American competition and we wish him lots of luck.  What a fabulous effort and a great model to inspire some of our students to make their own book trailers!


What did you like about Marcus’  book trailer?