Here at Norfolk SLS. we were lucky to have code cracking author H.L Dennis visiting us for two whole days at the end of June, a brilliant author who was returning to the county for the second time this year (she appeared at our Conference in March!). Helen even brought along her daughter Meggie who we discovered was the illustrator for all 6 of the Secret Breakers books!
During this time Helen visited 3 primary schools in the West including our very own Methwold Reading Group Cluster.
The Methwold group read Helen’s first book ‘The Power of Three’ in preparation for her visit and we were all astounded by their in-depth knowledge of main characters Brodie, Hunter and Tusia. After lunch we travelled to Holly Meadows Primary School were Year 6 gathered in the hall to crack some codes.
Helen and Meggie’s second day was spent at West Lynn Primary School. Helen and Meggie worked their way around different classrooms weighed down with code cracking paraphernalia. Here’s what they said about Helen’s visit:
“Helen was brilliant! The children really enjoyed learning and having a go at cracking codes. Some classes have been reading Helen’s first book so it linked well with that and enabled some of the children to get a deeper understanding of the book and the plot. Some children have spent lots of time since wanting to write and crack codes!”
We really enjoyed having Helen and Meggie in Norfolk and hope to see them again soon.
Once Helen had returned to sunny Eastbourne we received a lovely email from her. In it she said:
“I really do think that Norfolk’s Library service is fantastic! Everything was so well organised and planned and we really did have a wonderful time so thank you so much for all you did…and for all you do to promote reading across the county. It is a privilege to be involved with you!”
Thanks, Helen, you’re making us blush! You’re welcome to visit us in Norfolk anytime you like!