Writing Prompt, Monday 6th April

Welcome to my first writing prompt!

Your story must contain the following things:

  • A dragon
  • Poison
  • Mask

[Image Description: Three dice with the following images, dragon, bottle of poison and mask.]

Your story should have:

  •  A beginning, a middle and an end
  • A setting and characters
  • A problem to be solved

To be in the running to win a book from a West Australian author or illustrator, please  email  your story by Friday 17th April.

This competition is open to all children with an Australian postal address.

Good luck – I can’t wait to read your stories!

Both the winner and the next writing prompt will be announced on Monday 20th April.

This writing prompt is part of the SCBWI West Australia West FREE RESOURCES HUB which is full content made by Western Australian children’s book creators.

 

 

Sensitive by Allayne L. Webster : Book Review

Favourite Quote: “New Me wants to say, So do you have verbal diarrhoea or are you just unbelievably rude? But the force is strong in Old Me. A lifetime of habit is hard to break. I hide behind my hair.”

Sensitive by Allayne L. Webster covers the highs and lows of being a teen different to the norm. A teen who doesn’t quite fit the mould of a popular or pretty girl.

After relocating to a South Australian country town, SJ wants to reinvent herself. She’s determined to make new friends without her eczema joining the conversation.

“For once, I’m going to know how it feels to be beautiful – just like normal girls.”

Much of SJ’s emotional journey was relatable to me.
There is common ground that many people who are disabled/chronically ill share. This common ground includes the internal dialogue: a desire to fit in and be ‘normal’, rebellion against the medicine regime and medical professionals, questions over fairness.
Another section of common ground is external: shaped by the expectations and behaviour of society — taunts and comments along with questions and well-meaning but utterly unhelpful advice — not to mention the questions that arise if your behaviour pattern doesn’t fit with how others perceive disability/chronic illness.

[Image Description: The cover of Sensitive by Allayne L. Webster. On the bottom there are three eggs, along with a pot of cream.]

Sensitive is not an authentic read by chance. Allayne drew upon her own experiences with chronic atopic eczema and life-threatening allergies. Not only are the emotions that SJ shares with the reader authentic, Sensitive contains medical accuracy based on experience.

It’s an authenticity that speaks volumes on the importance of #ownvoices

Sensitive is a powerful read, and I highly recommend it.

4 Paw Review: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Book Review by Chilli AKA The Red Stealer & Rotto the RottStar (occasionally known as Rotto the Rotten)

Chilli is channeling her very best Mia Corvere and giving Rotto her best stink eye as she doesn’t believe he’s doing a good job at playing Mister Kindly.

Rotto says how much more not-cat could he be given he’s not a cat? And although he won’t consent to hanging about on Chilli’s shoulders he’ll happily curl up around Nevernight any day.

[Image Description: Left Chilli, a red heeler is wearing a long black wig and smiling. Top Right, Chilli in her wig is glaring at Rotto, a black and tan staffy kelpie cross – A copy of Nevernight is between them. Bottom Right, Rotto is curled around a copy of Nevernight]

Despite the not-cat 🐱saga, both Chilli and Rotto give 4 paws 🐾🐾to the entire Nevernight Chronicles for the smut, murder, political shenanigans* and overall awesomeness.
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*and the glorious footnotes –  who doesn’t love a novel with footnotes? The only thing  better than footnotes, is when the footnotes take the piss out of the footnotes.