I wasn't even sure that a reading guide would ever be needed for StarMark, especially as it's supposed to be a children's book and I'd never heard of a reading guide being used by children, let alone whether children's book clubs existed.
After some thinking, I managed to come up with a handful of questions that weren't too 'deep' for children to tackle and weren't based simply on written exercises. The end result is here, on BInk's website.
Bit of a waste of time, I thought. It'll never get used.
I should have had more faith.
StarMark is currently being read by a Year 7 bookclub at Stamford High School. Their teacher, Miss S, contacted me recently to say that the girls are enjoying the book and they've had a go at answering the first question on the reading guide;
'In Irvana’s world, all the overlords have a coat-of-arms which tells people something about them. If you had to design a coat-of-arms for yourself, what symbol(s) would you use, and why?'
(If you've read the book, you'll know for example that the overlords of Koltarn all have a golden star on them - except for Lord Terenz. His is a black star on a white background.)
Miss S sent me photos of some of the girls' finished coat-of-arms, and here they are!
|I'm part of a display! How cool is THAT?|
|Art, food and cats...some of my favourite things, too!|
|Fabulous motto - Live, love, learn. Love it!|
|The House of Dach...Game of Thrones fan?|
|And a rainbow... *smiles*|
|So colourful - and another good motto|
They're so good, I decided that perhaps I ought to draw mine, too...
|Literally just finished...|
|Can you 'see' me in this...? *winks*|
So there you go - if you fancy having a go yourself, what would be on YOUR coat-of-arms?