Information for Teachers and Parents
A gripping tale for all boys and girls. And while they're having fun reading,
they're also learning and developing the many skills listed below. Also be sure
to read our
Multiple genres: gives a wide appeal,
including action/adventure/fantasy/magic/sci-fi/mystery/suspense. Most
importantly, however, is the introduction of new genres to children who
may be overly comfortable reading one author or genre because of the
familiarity. Now they have their favourite genre interwoven with a range
of new ones to broaden their experience and reading interest.
Extremely fast paced: this is an
absolute must with children today. Intense action holds the interest
of even the most distracted child. Action begins immediately on the
first page and only four pages into the story the four main characters
are given their very first riddle to solve. They discuss many possible
meanings which allows the reader time to decide on their own
interpretation in the hope of solving the riddle first.
Multiple adventures: entertains all
reading abilities. A new adventure in every chapter attracts children who:
Provokes thought: the reader works
alongside the characters to solve riddles, use a compass, fish for their
dinner, plan a camping trip, rescue others, forgive mistakes and support
- are just starting chapter books as it has the familiar feel of many short stories
- dislike reading or have a short attention span
- are avid readers looking for a unique and spectacular book to 'wow' them anew
Teaches resourcefulness: the characters
use a dictionary when they are unsure of a word from the riddles and when
the dictionary doesn't explain enough, they use the internet or library.
From a floor plan, they work out a recovery mission, making a list of
needed items such as tools, a rope and torch etc, before starting their
Moral judgement: the main character,
Ladek, lies to his police sergeant father to cover up their quest only
to be disbelieved when he's in trouble and needs his father's trust the
most. He vows never to lie again, which is put to the test in book two
when only he can save his father from an injustice. Ladek learns that in
extreme circumstances, one's judgement for good must prevail. Bullies are
also addressed, when Ladek outsmarts gang members who have him surrounded
but are lacking the strength of individual thought.
Personal achievement: sporting practice
and achievement in skateboarding and tennis demonstrates self belief and
confidence. Robbie uses his training in martial arts to protect his friends
showing courage, loyalty and correct defensive use of his skills.
Creative team thinking: when danger
requires a cool head and a good plan, the group's strengths combine:
Ladek's original and reckless plots are toned down by Robbie's practical
consideration of all the options which are enhanced with Ashleigh's truly
creative inventions and put into form with Skyla's structures and lists.
Develops language skills: expanding
word knowledge, and extending the reader's language development and
learning is made easy and retainable because the more complex words are
an essential 'must learn' part of this enthralling and vivid tale.
Dialogue is positive and clean from all characters in the books.
Emotional development: it is important
for children to experience a full range of emotions which will arm them
with knowledge and skills for coping with life's ups and downs in the real
world. Involved in the story, the reader and characters deal with their
emotions in a positive way, experiencing; excitement and worry, compassion
and remorse, trust and fear, joy and hurt, triumph and shame, loyalty and
betrayal, comfort and frustration etc.
This series has it all. Everything a child could wish for and everything
a parent could wish, for their child.
Contact us to book or
receive information about booking S.V.Bodle for a writing workshop at
02 April 2008 - Pukekohe Intermediate:
The workshop held at Pukekohe Intermediate was excellent! The students
thoroughly enjoyed hearing the author reading part of her own book and they
asked many questions about the process of writing. Teachers came up to me after
the workshop and said that their students came back to the classroom "buzzing"
with excitement. The workshop notes were excellent and they will be very useful
for teachers in future writing programmes. SV Bodle has a lovely way of
interacting with students and I am sure that she has inspired the students who
attended the workshop to extend themselves in their writing and to believe that
there is a budding author within each of them. Lynette Slee, Literacy Leader
18 SEPTEMBER 2007 Belmont Primary School:
S.V.BODLE was at the school this morning. She presented an inspirational
workshop, fired the children with enthusiasm and gave them lots of good
advice and ideas. We shall recommend her to other schools. Carole Derbyshire,
6 AUGUST 2007 Westmere School: S.V.BODLE
came to Westmere School last week and now we have more children wanting
her books... the children are keen! They thoroughly enjoyed the creative
writing workshop and were asking if they could keep on with their writing
during lunch time which is unheard of! Thanks very much again for the great
opportunity. Jo van Dam.
21 June 2007 - Opaheke School: Thanks
to S.V.Bodle for a great workshop yesterday. Our students got a lot out
of it - consequently, many more are now queueing up to purchase copies of
the books! The workshop is great for encouraging children to read. Kerry
29 MAY 2007 Glamorgan School: I would
like to thank S.V.BODLE from Glamorgan School for allowing our Year 6's to
enjoy an excellent workshop. The author was brilliant and the children had
a fantastic time. What an opportunity your company has given us. I feel
workshops by authors are invaluable for our children, as it extends their
imagination and creativity. I'm sure we have the making of several new
authors now. Thank you again. Kim Ellis.
28 MAY 2007 Bucklands Beach Primary:
As the librarian at Bucklands Beach Primary it is my duty to read and
recommend books to students. I have finished reading the first S.V.BODLE
book "Battle for the Savant Sceptre" and I thought it was fantastic. It
had me hooked right from the very first chapter all through to the end.
It had so many different genres in it, and in every chapter something
happened so there were no boring bits. Yet another boy at school has now
decided he would like to buy both books as all the kids that have bought
S.V.BODLE's books are giving them such great reviews. I have spoken to a
mum today and her son is reading the first book and he can't put it down,
he usually reads non-fiction or something along sport in fiction but he
is absolutely hooked and can't wait to finish this book and read the second.
I must admit I wished I and taken the second book home at the weekend to
read that one too. Its one of those books that will get kids to branch out
into other genres and try something new. Wow what a great read. Regards,