Unsolved mysteries

Covers of the Eden Glassie Mystery Quartet

Life is full of curious incidents, unanswered questions and half-told stories. Sometimes we puzzle over them for years and never really find out what happened. That was certainly the case last week at Attadale Primary School where I spent four days as Writer-in-Residence.

The students and I talked about the treasure chest lost from the wreck of the Lancier on Straggler’s Reef in 1839 and still missing today. The rumours of treasure, hoarded on Middle Island by Black Jack Anderson. And the various mysteries, solved and unsolved in the Eden Glassie Mystery series of books. Then the students wrote the first draft of a story of their own. Some wrote mysteries, some science fiction and some produced very personal accounts of dramatic events in their own lives.
The younger classes discussed, among other things, the mystery surrounding the girl who was separated from her horse when Teddy went off, on his own, to have a look around while Miss Llewellyn-Jones was doing her shopping. This story is told without words in the evocative pictures that Moira Court devised for the endpapers at the beginning and end of the picture book, Miss Llewellyn-Jones Goes to Town.  The students who chose to use these pictures as stimulus added their own words and filled in the details of the girl’s day-long search.

Next week is the official Children’s Book Week and many of the stories that the students at Attadale Primary School have written will be entered in a Book Week writing competition. Good luck to all those enthusiastic and hard-working students who do enter their stories. I look forward to seeing the finished products

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