It’s been quite a week for The Mapmaker Chronicles and I. This time last week, I was waking up in the Penthouse suite of the Harbour Rocks Hotel… all thanks to a faulty air-conditioning unit in my original (far more humble) room down on the ground floor. I sat by my French doors, sipping on coffee, looking out over the Opera House (see left) and wondered if it was all a dream…
Given that an hour later I was addressing 65 year 7 boys about writing and, internally, reminding myself to ‘keep smiling, they can smell fear’, I’m thinking that maybe I made the whole Penthouse up. It was nice while it lasted, though…
I calculated last night that I’ve spoken to somewhere in the region of 1000 students in the past two weeks. And I’m still here to type the tale. Not bad for a rookie. We’ve added some Teachers’ Notes to the Mapmaker website, and the feedback has been terrific – if you’re a primary school teacher (or you know one) take a look!
I loved this take on the book by Kelly Exeter – all about life, curveballs and mapmakers (plus she has a book to give away…).
Anna Spargo-Ryan shared this wonderful story of her Dad, a birthday party and treasure maps. I think that Anna’s Dad and I would be firm friends – and I’d be signing up for his next treasure hunt.
Quinn has made his debut in Girl Power magazine, as well as appearing in this week’s Krash mag. The Mapmaker Chronicles has also been appearing in a range of reading guides, catalogues and reviews – my favourite this week is this one, by David, age 9, from the Kids’ Reading Guide. Thank you, David.
Have you ever been randomly upgraded?