Recent children’s letters
Thank you to the many children who have written to me in the past three months, including Bisma from Dixon’s Manningham Primary School in Bradford, Landscove C of E Primary Devon Class 4 (with some great poems!) and Nancy Reuben School in Hendon (very loyal readers!) all of whom wrote about Street Child. Just today another splendid envelope arrived today from Rowner Junior School in Gosport. The children were begging me to write a sequel to Street Child and Far From Home! George Fitzgerald says: “your books were perfect, except for the brutal cliffhanger you left us on at the last second.” Dylan Varlow says: “I do not know how you are living with yourself as you have left Jim and his sisters separated.”
Goodness, I’m so sorry! The trouble is, it’s up to my publishers to ask me to write a sequel, and they haven’t done so yet! Maybe you should write to Harpercollins and insist…!
Children from St Peter’s RC Primary, Doncaster sent lots of beautifully written letters about Children of Winter.
Naja Kleesiek and Anna-Lena Braun, Jasmin Fiedler, Michelle Adam and Isabella from Germany all wrote to me about Dear Nobody.
Canela Solano from Belgium wrote about The Girl who saw Lions.
Lukas Rison and friends from Leedstown School in Cornwall also wrote about Far From Home, and there were some lovely Street Child letters from Year 6 at Northbourne Park School in Deal – unfortunately by the time I received them school had broken up and my reply was too late, but I hope everybody is having A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY!
My star letter this time is a poem inspired by Street Child. It’s written by Ben Cann from Class 4 in Landscove School in Devon.
The Death House
I stay in the workhouse next to the bay,
And all we do is work every day,
Sewing machines are used to make cloth,
But after that we always have broth,
Working with machines fingers are lost,
Cloths are made but what is the cost,
Whipped with sticks and left in pain,
Who will save us again and again,
Going to bed is highly the best,
But when we wake up we say we need a rest,
I want to be free, but I shall not be,
Because when I cry, I feel I shall die.
Many congratulations, Ben! That’s a terrific poem. I’m sending you a copy of Bella’s Den signed by Bella Hardy and myself.