Writer's Notebook - Dreamstone

Young readers who have found their own way to this page because they enjoyed the story – welcome. Try some of the exercises below.

For Classroom teachers: Target audience – for younger readers as a ‘read to’ story and for able readers as a first novel for 7 yrs to 10 +.

The activities offer some leeway according to children’s readiness for more formal aspects of narrative.

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Discussion Points

On Character and Plot

How do the character’s wishes shape the story? For example what brought Sharni down to The Bay?

What happens when two people want different things? (Lucy and her Dad in ‘I Wish’; Lucy and Jack in ‘Secrets’; Lucy and Thomas in ‘Sea Danger’ and Lucy and Sharni in ‘A New Journey’ .)

Families

Lucy with her fatherHow does Lucy feel about the family at the beginning of the story? Do her feelings change?

Think about: Lucy and her dad. Look at the picture on page 37. What does it tell you? Do you think her Dad loves her? Do you think she loves her Dad?

Remember how Lucy felt about Jan at the beginning of the story? How did that change when Jan tucked her into bed? Read the last two paragraphs on page 48.

Friendship

Read the first few pages of the chapter – I Wish.
When Ella doesn’t choose her for the team, how does Lucy feel?
What happens when Lucy and Ella talk to each other about how they feel?  (Read page 52-54).

Fulfilling Dreams

Read the last chapter. Do you think Lucy will become a writer when she grows up? What is your dream?

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