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Imagine if you had £1 million to spend on Christmas. Think it would make things easier? Then consider having all that money when aged eleven. Fun yes, but it can also throw up a few unexpected consequences.

This weekend 22/23 December you don’t need any money at all to download the Matt’s Million eBook by Andrew Norriss and find out how Matt got on after a very large cheque arrived in the post for him.

Click on the Matt’s Million Book cover for the link.

Andrew Norriss is the author of I Don’t Believe It, Archie! proud possessor I of a STARRED review from the American Library Association and writes with a light comic touch. Enjoy!

It all starts with a good story…

I think most teachers and librarians would agree that the best way to get children reading is to give them a good story, either one read to them which I don’t think happens enough, of one they read themselves. But what is a good story? This is what I wrote in 2009 and  it still holds true for me now. What do you think…

How to define a good story…  For me, these are the best:

a fun, humorous, and intriguing story;  inspiring and uplifting rather than depressing and despairing;  a story that you can’t put down once you’ve started – and is of a length that if you sit long enough you can do just that; a story that keeps you guessing all they way through and yet is entirely logical and believable in a not quite of this world sort of way; a story that leaves you feeling satisfied and complete – and yet wanting more; rounded believable characters who behave consistently; exciting without manipulating  the emotions; problems that need solving; and an overall theme/idea of growth and discovery.

To find all of these in a story is a rare and wonderful thing, and I find that the stories written by Andrew Norriss fulfill them all. Written for children, but enjoyed by readers of all ages – children,  teenagers, twenties, parents, grandparents, teachers and librarians. These are stories that get even the most reluctant children enjoying reading and wanting to read more. And as Andrew Norriss has declared  ‘Reading is the most essential skill of all‘.

Books by Andrew Norriss

Click on the book covers for a synopsis.

Aquila 2 –  the sequel to Aquila

Read an excerpt: Aquila 2 – Chapter 1


Read an excerpt : Ctrl-Z – Chapter 1

Click here for review  on Trapped by Monsters  and here for review on Amazon

Aquila – Winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book Award

Read an excerpt :  Chapter1 pages 1to4
Click here for a review.

The Unluckiest Boy in the World The Unluckiest Boy in the World

Lancashire Children’s Choice the for Fantastic Book Award for 9-11years.

Read an excerpt:  The Unluckiest Boy in the World – part of chapter 3

The Touchstone

Read an excerpt: The Touchstone Chapter 1

The Portal –   Winner of the Bedfordshire Children’s Book Award

Read an excerpt :  The Portal-chapter 1 Click here to read a review.

Bernard’s Watch –  Made into a brilliant TV series.

Read an excerpt:   coming soon…

Matt's Mllion

Matt’s MillionMade into a brilliant TV series.

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