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‘Reading is the most essential skill of all.’

 

Andrew Norriss opens the new Enchanted Forest library at St Anne’s School.

Andrew Norriss writes fun engaging stories about ordinary children who find themselves in extraordinary situations, stories that leave you thinking: ‘What if …’

Your own flying machine
A watch that stops time
A life full of bizarre coincidences
A laptop that turns back time
A lot of bad l
uck
The chance to meet aliens
The chance to be a dog
A million pounds
The answer to any question

Click on these links or on the book covers below.

Click on the books for:
Book Reviews & Synopses, Activity Sheets, Educational Resources.

Aquila - French Edition The Touchstone - French EditionFrench School Text book for Aquila

Children’s TV series Matt’s Million, Bernard’s Watch, Aquila & Woof!

TV Sitcoms

The Brittas Empire, Chance in a Million, The Labours of Erica & Ffizz


“Thinking is more powerful than many people realise. It is what we think, after all, that shapes our lives and our world. You have to do something as well, of course, but it always starts with the thinking.”
Andrew Norriss

Children’s Authors love to get together

 

Authors by their nature of work do not often see each other so when they do they have a lot to talk about. They talk about their latest books, unless like #thewriter they say nothing about them until they appear in print; they talk about their agents; they talk about their publishers; they talk about school visits; They have all  have so much to say about school visits that I’m thinking of collecting all the anecdotes and publishing them myself!

Yesterday evening after having  spent the day inspiring children and teachers about books and reading, and in turn being inspired by amazing librarians, two children’s authors met up to compare notes, whilst I sat and listened. Andrew Norriss and HL Dennis love the chance to catch up and share words of encouragement and support for each other.

 

Andrew Norriss & HL Dennis comp

Children’s Authors love to get together

 

Authors by their nature of work do not often see each other so when they do they have a lot to talk about. They talk about their latest books, unless like #thewriter they say nothing about them until they appear in print; they talk about their agents; they talk about their publishers; they talk about school visits; They have all  have so much to say about school visits that I’m thinking of collecting all the anecdotes and publishing them myself!

Yesterday evening after having  spent the day inspiring children and teachers about books and reading, and in turn being inspired by amazing librarians, two children’s authors met up to compare notes, whilst I sat and listened. Andrew Norriss and HL Dennis love the chance to catch up and share words of encouragement and support for each other.

 

Andrew Norriss & HL Dennis comp

Bernard’s Watch by Andrew Norriss free today!

Bernard's Watch by Andrew Norriss

Bernard’s Watch by Andrew Norriss is free today!

Today is the last day to download your free copy of Bernard’s Watch.

Lots have already taken advantage of the offer and now have a delightful story to read themselves and with their children.

No catch just a three day promotion to celebrate World Book Day.

Just click on the links below.

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Free Bernard’s Watch eBook

Free Bernard’s Watch eBook

To celebrate World Book Day Award winning children’s author Andrew Norriss is giving away his book Bernard’s Watch. Help your self! It’s a delightful story about a boy who is given a watch that stops time.

UK link  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bernards-Watch-ebook/dp/B0081UC1CQ/ref=la_B003IQ2RX6_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362750503&sr=1-8

If you could stop time…

Bernard’s Watch by Andrew Norriss is the children’s book based on the popular children’s TV series Bernard’s Watch. The eBook is free for 3 days now from Amazon.

Click here Amazon.co.uk

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What would you do if you had a watch that could stop time?

When Bernard finds himself outside of school during the lunch break, his Aunt B. gives him a special watch with the power to stop time. With it, Bernard need never be late for anything again, and begins using the watch to help himself and others. He becomes star of the school football team by playing in goal, waiting for the ball to come his way, then stopping time and moving into a position where he can stop the goal being scored. He stops time so he can find out the answers to difficult maths and other academic problems, and to hand school bullies over to the police without them knowing how they came to be hanging on railings outside the police station. But the watch also has a power for great harm. While Bernard can use it to stop time and move someone out of the way of a car accident, someone else could use it to move him into the path on an oncoming bus. And can the watch stop time from running out for his elderly Aunt B.?

Andrew Norriss shines in this book; his writing is sensitive, humorous and thought-provoking all at once. The relationships between the characters are extremely important, and Norriss doesn’t just focus on the children. He give times to the personalities of Aunt B. and the thoughts of Mr. Beasley and his neighbour, and shows Bernard’s change through their eyes as well as Bernard’s own. It is refreshing for the listener to have time to appreciate the reactions of Bernard’s close family and friends, as well as the police sergeant who finds himself mysteriously caught up in events where things seem to appear and or disappear into thin air. It is enjoyable by both children and adults.

The audio book runs at approximately 3 and a half hours, perfect for a long car journey.

by Louise Anne Bateman, WATERSTONE’S CRAWLEY

Free eBook for World Book Day 2013

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Free Download on World Book Day 2013


“Bernard’s aunt gave him the watch at a little after two o’clock on a Thursday afternoon in early February. Later, he would sometimes wonder why his aunt chose to give it to him at that particular time or, indeed, why she chose to give it to him at all, instead of to somebody else. But whatever the reason, he was always extremely grateful to her. It was the perfect present at the time because, at the time, time was exactly what he needed.”

So begins Bernard’s Watch by Andrew Norriss. The story began as a 15 minute short film for the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) some years ago. As the brief was to provide a story comprehensible and enjoyable for children throughout Europe, there was little dialogue and a narrator told the story. It was a great success, so much so that a series was commissioned by ITV, and then another and another…

1997-2001

The first run told of a young boy called Bernard who was always late, until a postman gave him a “magic watch” which could stop time. He soon found out that the postman had magical powers, and that these watches were given to people who needed them. The rules of him keeping his watch were that he couldn’t use it to commit crimes and couldn’t be greedy. Every episode focused on Bernard or someone he’d lent the watch to facing a problem or simply doing day-to-day stuff and trying to sort it out, using the watch.

Here’s episode 1 on Youtube

Andrew Norriss wrote 6 series of delightfully stories about Bernard and then used some of the ideas to write a the book Bernard’s Watch published by Puffin Books in 1999. When it went out of print I typed it out (we didn’t have the original document), and published it as an eBook. It was a delight for me to re-read and I recommend it to adults and children alike. Andrew Norriss’s characteristic ‘light humorous touch’ and clever plotting make for a most enjoyable and satisfying read, and so that more can appreciate it I have made it free to download for 3 days this week including World Book Day. Do help your self and let me know what you think!

Click here for Bernard’s Watch by Andrew Norriss

Free eBook World Book Day 2013

 

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Going with the Flow

‘Going with the flow’, ‘In the groove’, being in the right place at the right time, things falling into place/feeling right…  So many phrases for a phenomenon that most are aware of but which cannot be scientifically proven, or is it simply coincidence as I’m sure my skeptic/atheist older son would profess, and yet for me it is real.

#thewriter and I have read many books from the Mind, Body, Spirit shelves over the years which have helped us in all sorts of ways at difficult times, helping us to make sense of a puzzling world, sorting out what we believe… and many refer to this phenomenon: The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks, Michael Neill’s Life Coaching, Dr Robert Holden’s Happiness Now to name but a few. The idea that all will be well if we let life unfold at it’s own pace rather than pushing against the current or trying to force things to go faster, and listen to our inner guide.

The last two weeks have contain fine examples of times to listen. Our younger son (23, volunteer & part time support worker, living at home) has been applying for jobs for several months, at our instigation, with no result. He was perfectly happy doing what he was doing, and learning and growing so much too, but parents think they know best… Then suddenly, completely unexpectedly the Forestry Commission where he has volunteered for a day a week for over two years suddenly asked if he was up for a six month contract whilst someone was off sick.  He’s a lovely boy and was sad to hear about the sick leave but over the moon about the work. It’s exactly what he wants to do. Nothing definite then though, it had to be approved by the higher powers. Two days later he gets a phone call to say he has an interview for one of his job applications – a 9 month woodland trainee course 200 miles away. He was equally excited about this offer but suddenly it felt confusing because he couldn’t do both. What if he didn’t get a definite offer for his local forestry before the interview for the second… on the other hand if you want a sign that you are on the right path, in the groove, on the right track, going with the flow, this was a pretty good one.  Sure enough a definite offer came through for the local job with the people he’s been working alongside for two years, with time to decline and apologize to the other – who, of course, was delighted at his good fortune. This left the well meaning parents thinking, if we’d just left him alone and hadn’t nagged him into endless hours of job applications the last few months would have been a little less busy and stressful! The job he wanted has appeared at just the right time. He now drives (he’s a cyclist and has resisted learning until he needed to), one of his support worker jobs is coming to a natural end and he is ready. Of course in six months time when his contract ends we’ll have to remind ourselves of this and not repeat our unhelpful behaviour.

The second example of ‘coincidence’ occurred today. Last night #thewriter sat up ’til midnight for a Skype call to a school in China. They had invited him to visit in person but he’s not a great traveler, more a stay at home and write and read books type. Then this morning, here come’s the ‘in the groove’ moment, I find an email from Shindig asking if Andrew Norriss would be interested in video conferencing to celebrate the launch of I Don’t Believe It, Archie!’s paperback edition in the US.

Coincidence or Universal Alignment? Well it doesn’t actually matter. I just know that the feeling of being on the right path is much more comfortable than resisting and/or forcing things to go a particular way because I think I ought to but doesn’t ‘feel right’. Why fight against the current and feel uncomfortable when life is sending signs that another path might be the way to go. It might all be a matter of interpretation, and I know the skeptic son would have a lot to say about that sort of hooey but he’s young. And although he probably wouldn’t agree he is actually very good at listening to his inner voice and is allowing life to unfold beautifully.

So I wonder where the river of life will take us in the future. Just have to relax, listen and then see…

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