Yesterday' s author was Linda Buckley-Archer, whose tales of 21st century kids accidentally finding themselves in the 18th century not only gripped thousands of young readers but also had my children's bookseller wide-eyed with enthusiasm. Until last week I hadn't done a school event for several years and I'd forgotten how rewarding they were. It's great seeing a hundred children getting genuinely excited about a book. I wish that I could take every old person who complains that children are only interested in television and computer games and show them how wrong they are.
Linda Buckley-Archer was great and handled 120 children as if she'd been doing it for years. Later on I discovered that she had.
After the event we talked about the questions that children ask. No matter which school the author visited, they were remarkably consistent:
- How much money have you got?
- What car do you drive?
- When did you decide to become an author?
- Have you ever been on telly?