Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Discussion : Arthur Ness and the Secret of Waterwhistle Part 1

So, we have had our first book discussion session and it certainly was lively!

In attendance were Jacob, Ben, Cai and Vinnie. Sadly, Finlay couldn't make it this time but I'm sure he'll be back next time around.

A quick summary of the plot;

Arthur Ness - a young boy who is very scared of everything - is evacuated from wartime London to the Nottinghamshire village of Waterwhistle.

Things don't immediately improve for Arthur, though, as the lady he is moved in with - Lady Eris - turns out to be an evil witch who has imprisoned the village in a cloak of fear and polices it with fearsome creatures called Yarnbulls.

These huge, minotaur-like beasts remain invisible to the villagers as long as they are kept afraid. Any sign of bravery and the Yarnbulls attack and abduct you. If this is the case, then, how is it that Arthur - the most scared person in the world - can see the creatures?

Perhaps the talking cat will shed some light on matters...

So, what did the group think of the book?

As there was a lot of 'healthily enthusiastic chatter' from everyone, I wasn't able to record exactly who said what - but perhaps each of you can recognise your comments below! I have reproduced what was said as close to word-for-word as possible. Some of your thoughts were very interesting indeed!

When you've finished reading, please leave some comments by clicking the link which helpfully has the word 'COMMENTS' in it.

So, on we go...!

NAME ONE THING YOU LIKED ABOUT THE BOOK

New ideas like the Yarnbulls

Arthur talking to Sam (a young Waterwhistle boy who can also see the Yarnbulls). Sam is pretending not to see the massive Yarnbull standing over them and Arthur can hear its breathing and snorting and wondering what is making the noise...

The unexpected twists through the story. Also how some things were introduced and didn't make full sense straight away but all came together in the end.

The creative ideas in the book. Also, the cliffhanger ending (really want to know what happens next!)

DID THE COVER / TITLE GIVE AN ACCURATE IDEA OF THE STYLE OF THE STORY?

Yes. It made you think of action and pirates and things. It made you think that the Cat was in control of the ships. Or in control of something at least.

The  big silhouette of the Cat made you realise he was important and his long shadow give the idea that there was going to be mystery and action.

WAS THE BOOK CONFUSING IN ANY WAY? STORY / CHARACTERS / LAYOUT?

Yes, there were a few confusing things. It jumped around a bit with the bits in boxes. At first, it wasn't clear what they were about - but eventually, you realised they were flashbacks that were related to what was happening at that point.

It was really good when the bits you thought were confusing suddenly made sense but perhaps it would be better if they had made sense from the beginning.

WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE CHARACTER AND WHY?

The Yarnbulls - because they are so huge but are grown from tiny seeds. It's amazing to think of an entire being coming out of a tiny seed!

The Cat - he started the entire adventure off and he convinced Arthur to do all kinds of things he didn't think he could do.

Stick (he is a barman who works for a supporting character. Stick is only in the book for a very short time) - Stick is just... Stick! He is very unusual.

Lady Eris - from the minute she arrives, she is mysterious. She has a scary aura about her that you know means trouble. And when you didn't want her to be anywhere nearby, you'd turn around and she would be right there.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARTHUR FELT ABOUT ARILON? WHY DID THE STORY SEND HIM TO SUCH A DANGEROUS PLACE?

He had to go there to battle his fears. It made it more exciting and upped the stakes. If he didn't go, he would always have been scared of things. But if he battled his fears, he would become braver.

IF YOU WERE MAKING AN 'ARTHUR NESS MOVIE', WHICH ACTORS OR CHARACTERS FROM OTHER FILMS WOULD YOU CAST?

Professor McGonagall (from Harry Potter) as Lady Eris
Vic Reeves as Captain Thrace
Bob Mortimer as Stick

DID THE BOOK MAKE YOU THINK ABOUT ANYTHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW / REALISE BEFORE?

Even though Arthur was scared, he did lots of really scary things (like climbing out of his bedroom window, escaping from Yarnbulls and flying pirate ships).

It makes you think that people who are scared the most can be the greatest warriors

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE CLIFFHANGER? WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN IN PART 2?

The Needlemen capture the Cat and Arthur has to get him back.

Arthur will find a way to destroy the Needlemen (maybe a really obvious way that he knew all along)

Arthur will defeat the Needlemen and they will salute him. He will become their leader and then leader of the world. But Waterwhistle will get even worse.

Arthur becomes the replacement for Lady Eris.

Lady Eris will overtake and replace the Queen.


SUMMARY

Some very interesting and insightful comments there - well done and thanks very much, fellas. Before we go, however, here are some ratings from each of you (1 being the lowest and 3 being the highest);

BEN
Amount of Action : 2 (there was action but quite a lot of talking as well)
Humour : 2
Scariness : 1 (more exciting than actually scary)
Overall : 2

CAI
Amount of Action : 3
Humour : 2
Scariness : 1
Overall : 2.76

JACOB
Amount of Action : 2
Humour : 2
Scariness : 2
Overall : 2.75

VINNIE
Amount of Action : 3 (you actually said 4..!)
Humour : 1 (it's more of a serious tension drama - which is better than humour)
Scariness : 2
Overall : 6 (yes, out of 3!)

Thanks again guys, it was a most enjoyable and enlightening evening..!

I will try and sort you out with copies of Part 2 but they are currently sold out so will need to get more printed. I will also very soon ask for your votes for the next book from our list!

Until next time!

Wilf

Friday, 6 March 2015

I have an idea for a cool name : Turtle readers
I want this name because in my drama class I am called Turtle man and I am drawing my first comic about myself: Turtle man. It is called Turtle man, attack of the Chameleon-Kid. I shall try to get it on a website so I can put a link to it on here for you all to see.
I have also got a theme tune for him.
TURTLE MAN
(To the tune of Spider-Man)
Turtle-man,Turtle-Man
Does whatever a turtle can
But what can a turtle do?
I don't know, neither do you
Look out
Here comes the turtle man

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Friday, 27 February 2015

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

When's the next session?

I really enjoyed the last session and can't wait for next time! Also grate thanks to warewilf for all of this!
-Finlay

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Our First Book

Congratulations on our first meeting, guys! I think we all enjoyed ourselves watching Vinnie go crazy over Oreos, seeing Cai make me guess his name, being in awe of Jacob's Superman shirt being the same as mine, hearing Ben come up with my new nickname of Werewilf and trying to keep up with Finlay's list of cool horror book scenes.

Frankly, I'm exhausted!

I'm glad you all picked out books that you liked - and it was particularly cool that you all volunteered to read extracts from each of them. However, we did manage to choose our first ever Lowdham Book Group (cool name still under construction) book and it was;


Arthur Ness and the Secret of Waterwhistle, Part 1

Seeing as I wrote this book, I'm not going to lie - I'm very thrilled you chose to read it. It certainly has plenty of action, humour and scary stuff that you all seemed to like (sorry, though, Vinnie, no vampires!).

Since you'll be getting into all things Arthur Ness, you should definitely check out www.arthurness.com as well.

The Bookcase will get copies in for each of you and they'll let you know when they're ready for you to collect.

Just to expand on some of the stuff we talked about yesterday, the rules of Lowdham Book Group (cool name still under construction) are;

  1. Read the first couple of chapters
  2. If you don't enjoy it, don't force yourself to keep going (reading is meant to be fun, not work!)
  3. Come onto this blog and talk about stuff you like in the book and stuff you don't like
  4. Keep Vinnie away from Oreos
  5. Enjoy yourself!

We will meet again in another half term (I'll arrange with your parents nearer the time) so until then, have a crazy time!


Werewilf

And the winner is...

Welcome to the brand new blog for the Lowdham Book Group (cool name still under construction).

We gathered together to have a flick through our first set of books and decide which one we're going to read first. To take a leaf from the Oscars;

"The nominees for the first Lowdham Books Group (cool name still under construction) book are..."




Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history and with his trusty sidekicks, Butler and Juliet, in tow he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold.

Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of their number and wait for the ransom to arrive.

But when the time comes to put his plan into action he reckons without Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--a sort of extra small Clarice Starling with pointy ears and wings--and her senior officer Commander Root, a man (sorry, elf) who will stop at nothing to get her back.


Arthur Ness is a lonely, scared young boy - evacuated from wartime London to live in the countryside village of Waterwhistle, there's a lot for him to get used to. The fields, the farm animals, the quiet.

But the more Arthur explores his new home, the more it becomes evident that the village's strangeness may not all be in his mind.

Arthur begins to uncover clues that seem to suggest that his host, the very scary Lady Eris, may have something to do with the village's frightful silence.

And then, of course, there's the talking cat...

Itchingham Lofte - known as Itch - is fourteen, and loves science - especially chemistry.

He's also an element-hunter: he's decided to collect all the elements in the periodic table. Which has some interesting and rather destructive results in his bedroom . . .

Then, Itch makes a discovery. A new element, never seen before. At first no one believes him - but soon, someone hears about the strange new rock and wants it for himself. 

And Itch is in serious danger . . .

Meet Skulduggery Pleasant: detective, sorcerer, warrior.

Oh yeah. And dead.

Stephanie's uncle Gordon is a writer of horror fiction. But when he dies and leaves her his estate, Stephanie learns that while he may have written horror, it certainly wasn't fiction.

Pursued by evil forces intent on recovering a mysterious key, Stephanie finds help from an unusual source – the wisecracking skeleton of a dead wizard.
When all hell breaks loose, it's lucky for Skulduggery that he's already dead. 

Though he's about to discover that being a skeleton doesn't stop you from being tortured, if the torturer is determined enough. And if there's anything Skulduggery hates, it's torture…

Will evil win the day? Will Stephanie and Skulduggery stop bickering long enough to stop it? One thing's for sure: evil won't know what's hit it.


On his thirteenth birthday, Marcus is told that his parents are half vampires and that, joy of joys, he'll become one too. He really doesn't want to be one, and spends part of his time denying that he is one.

And then strange things happen, yes, even stranger than discovering you.re about to be a half vampire, and Marcus ends up in even more danger than he first thought.



And the winner is....