If you want to meet Gabriella, there are lots of ways you can. You could invite her to your festival, library, or school!

How to Book an Author
Visit to Your Festival
 

Being part of festivals and working with children is one of the fun parts of being a writer. Being able to bring my book to life and to show children the pleasure of mystery books is wonderful. 

There are different elements and themes to the book which would work well in a variety of festivals: 

  • Crime-solving 
  • Being adventurous and resourceful 
  • Recycling  
  • Girls in STEM: Science, technology, Engineering and Maths 
  • Friendship 
  • Loneliness 
  • Bullying 
  • Justice and standing up for what you believe in 
  • Family 
  • Quirkiness

Format of the Activity

My most popular session is Crime-Busting. The session is an hour long. I start by introducing Sweet Crime, Sweet Justice, and myself. The children then get a chance to work in small groups or with their family to unravel a series of clues in order to solve a crime, similar to that in the book. For example, calculating the height of the criminal from footprints, making deductions about the criminal’s personality traits from sweets, and examining fingerprints. With slightly older children, I also add in an extra activity where they analyse short witness statements for facts and inconsistencies. We then come back together to see what everyone has worked out about the criminal. l end with time for questions from the children about the book or me. There is also the opportunity for children to buy a copy of the book for £7.99.  

Aim of the Session 

The session is active and fun, with the focus on making deductions and inferences through both reading and practical tasks.  

Promotion of the Visit 

Please let me know what I can do to help promote the event. Here is a poster that one library created for an event.  

As well as writing, I currently run my own tuition business but spent many years as a classroom teacher, and then worked for the Education Advisory Service, supporting schools looking to improve. So, it’s a pleasure to be able to put those skills to use and share my book with children in festivals across the country. Please contact me for further information and to book a visit.

How to Book an Author
Visit
to Your Library

Visiting libraries and working with children is one of the fun parts of being a writer. Libraries have always been a special part of both mine and my daughters’ lives, so to be able to work with them, to bring my book to life and to show children the pleasure of mystery books, is wonderful.

Format of the Visit 

The session I offer is an hour long. I start by introducing Sweet Crime, Sweet Justice, and myself. The children then get a chance to work in small groups or with their family to unravel a series of clues in order to solve a crime, similar to that in the book. For example, calculating the height of the criminal from footprints, making deductions about the criminal’s personality traits from sweets, and examining fingerprints. With Year 6, I also add in an extra activity where they analyse short witness statements for facts and inconsistencies. We then come back together to see what everyone has worked out about the criminal. l end with time for questions from the children about the book or me. There is also the opportunity for children to buy a copy of the book for £7.99. 

Aim of the Session 

The session is active and fun, with the focus on making deductions and inferences through both reading and practical tasks. I hope children will leave wanting to read not only my book and other mystery books, but will want to find more books that allow them to feel immersed in a story. 

Promotion of the Visit 

Please let me know what I can do to help promote the event. Here is a poster that one library created for an event.  

As well as writing, I currently run my own tuition business but spent many years as a classroom teacher, and then worked for the Education Advisory Service, supporting schools looking to improve. So, it’s a pleasure to be able to put those skills to use and share my book with children in libraries across the country. Please contact me for further information and to book a visit.

How to Book an Author
Visit
to Your School

Visiting schools and working with children is one of the fun parts of being a writer. The aim is to bring my book to life and to show children the pleasure of mystery books.

Format of the Visit 

The class session I offer schools is an hour long. I start by introducing Sweet Crime, Sweet Justice, and myself. The children then get a chance to work in small, mixed-ability groups to unravel a series of clues in order to solve a crime, similar to that in the book. For example, calculating the height of the criminal from footprints, making deductions about the criminal’s personality traits from sweets, and examining fingerprints. With Year 6, I also add in extra activity where they analyse short witness statements for facts and inconsistencies. We then come back together to see what everyone has worked out about the criminal. l end with time for questions from the children about the book or me, and to hand out signed copies that the children have ordered.

Aim of the Session 

The session is active and fun, with the focus on making deductions and inferences through reading and practical tasks. I hope children will leave wanting to read not only my book and other mystery books, but will want to find more books that allow them to feel immersed in a story.

Promotion of the Visit 

Here is an example leaflet that schools have used to email to parents, which I can update with the relevant details.  A standard school visit, working with children on my Crime-busting workshop, would be £150 per half day plus travelling expenses. But I have worked with schools in various ways – in assemblies, on World Book Day, in Book Week, online – so please get in touch to discuss any ideas and associated costs.

As well as writing, I currently run my own tuition business but spent many years as a classroom teacher, and then worked for the Education Advisory Service, supporting schools looking to improve. So, it’s a pleasure to be able to put those skills to use and share my book with children in schools across the country. Please contact me for further information and to book a visit.

A Mystery to
F
ind a Mystery Book…

There’s a nationwide hunt going on to find Sweet Crime, Sweet Justice! In fact, it’s now worldwide! 

I’m leaving copies of my children’s detective novel, Sweet Crime, Sweet Justice, around the country, around the world, to be found by as many children as possible.  But as it’s a mystery book, you need to solve the clues to find it. Have a look at my blog or Facebook page for all the latest clues and locations. Has one been hidden near you?  

And don’t worry, it’s never too late, because whoever finds it will keep the mystery going. Once they’ve read it, they’ll hide it again and post up clues. Maybe in a place even closer to you, using their own clues! So, keep your eyes peeled. It could be you who finds it! Don’t forget to let me know when you do. Good luck!

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