A scaffold for creating new spells based on those in the book. Most of the words are already there, allowing the children to focus on the rhyming element and the “bippety-bop” words.


A sheet for recording sets of rhyming words found in the book and adding new ones of your own. Presented as spell-like flashes.


Using the boxing clever format helped the children plan and write their own version of The Witch with an Itch story.

Create entry forms for the Wickedest Witch/Wizard in The World contest! Invent your name and address, fill in the name/type of your pet and their speciality spell. Then, you must write ten sentences saying why you feel you should be considered for the competition.


Name: Witch Bandybones.

Address: Drippy Cave, Badfinger Forest.

Name/Type of pet: Teddy the Tarantula.

Specialty spell: Making it rain treacle.

Why I should be considered: I made my own pointy hat. I have written a best selling book called Bad Spelling. I actually have good spelling. I can spell “actually.” Not many people can. Little children don’t like me. I have a very loud, scary cackle. Once, I turned my own sister into a gorse bush, which made her quite prickly. If you don’t consider me for this competition you will be very sorry. I mean it, so be warned.



The next step of your application is devising a menu suitable for catering the contest. Challenge yourself by using the type of vocabulary found in posh restaurants!


Starters: Lightly fried slugs drizzled with a mustard and tarragon sauce and crispy rat tails in pasta.

Main: Jellied toad legs on a bed of shredded cactus and porcupine pie with pine cone relish

Dessert: Mouse mousse with prunes and spider trifle


My ‘Secret Self’

The idea for First Flight: Dragon Racer Book 1 came about because I was asked who my secret self was.

“I race dragons,” I told everyone. “Every night I slip out of my house, go to the dragon caves under Lambeth Town Hall in South London and find my dragon and we go racing.”

So let me ask you.

‘Who is your secret self? Are you a spy or a time traveller? Do you have any special powers like invisibility, telepathy or shape shifting? Can you fly or talk to animals? Do you like having this ability? Who else knows about it?

Introduce your secret self. Perhaps you might like to write about how you discovered your ‘secret self’. Were you bitten by a strange insect, zapped by lightning or did you receive a mysterious present or invitation?

Or perhaps you might prefer to tell the tale of one of your adventures (or mishaps).

For this activity you’ll need to do some exploring. Have you ever read a book with a map inside? One of the most famous maps is that of Middle Earth, a highly detailed, expansive map found in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Try to create your own map drawing on inspiration from your surroundings!

I used to love finding maps in author’s books when I was growing up: J.R.R. Tolkien and Michelle Paver’s books have brilliant maps. And one of the things I really wanted in my own book was a map. Take a photograph (or print out an image) of your favourite literary man and bring it into class. Tell the class why you think it’s a good map then have a go at creating your own literary map. What places would you want to write about: a sea, a cave, a forest, mountains, a volcano, a river, a beach…


As the great chief matriarch lay dying, she gave one final decree: Upon her death there would be a contest. Having no heir of her own blood she called on the Gods. Let fate decide the one truly worthy to rule in her place. The rich, the strong, the wise, the powerful; many put forward their names in hope of being chosen. But when the night came . . . only fifty souls alone were summoned.

Book one in gripping action, supernatural, and historical fantasy graphic novel trilogy where souls battle in a contest to become the ruler of an island.

In the snowy kingdom of Erkenwald, whales glide between icebergs, wolves hunt on the tundra and polar bears roam the glaciers. But the people of this land aren’t so easy to find – because Erkenwald is ruled by an evil Ice Queen and the tribes must stay hidden or risk becoming her prisoners at Winterfang Palace.


Join Eska, a girl who breaks free from a cursed music box, and Flint, a boy whose inventions could change the fate of Erkenwald forever, as they journey to the Never Cliffs and beyond in search of an ancient, almost forgotten, song with the power to force the Ice Queen back.


This is a story about an eagle huntress, an inventor and an organ made of icicles. But it is also a story about belonging, even at the very edges of our world . . .

When her parents send her to stay with a grandmother she hardly knows for the summer, Elen is furious. Gran lives on a tiny island and doesn’t want her to stay either – it’s not an easy start.

Gran’s idea of childcare is to give Elen a map and tell her to explore. Who is the odd boy on the beach with a puffin? After saving Gran in a storm, Elen finds a picture that she’s sure is a clue to hidden treasure. She investigates – and finds a very different treasure from the one she expected.