Never be too shy to write to an author you love - I promise you, it will make their day!
I just received the loveliest mail from a teacher in New Zealand who read my children's fantasy series THE IMPOSSIBLE QUEST to her students - I will treasure their notes to me forever.
Here they are:
I am the teacher of a year 3-4 class in a small rural school, just outside Hamilton, in New Zealand.
I picked up a copy of Book 1, The Impossible Quest - Escape from Wolfhaven Castle at a literacy conference in 2013. I returned to school and immediately read it to my class. The children were totally engaged and enthralled with the story, so much so I actually stopped reading one day as they were so still and silent (this doesn’t often happen!)
The following year I read books 1-3 to my class and they were hanging out to read book 4 & 5. This year I was lucky to have the same group of children (small school!) and so we have read book 4 & 5.
I had purchased book 5 online and so displayed this on the screen for the children to read along with me. What an experience that was for both myself and the children. We were all hanging out to get to the end of book 5 and what an ending. It was very satisfying!
Many of the children have independently read the book again. We had several hypothesis regarding the sleeping heroes, who Jack might be and of course the realisation that Quinn was in fact a queen. The whole way through the series we were kept guessing, just like the children in the novels. The children have written some comments about the novels that they wanted to share with you. They were also wondering if there was any chance that this might be made into a movie. These children are all 8 years old.
What I liked most about your books are that they’re all rescue missions which I think is the awesome part. That’s what I think is extraordinary about your books – Prue
Your books are awesome. It was great in the Battle of the Heroes, when the Mortlakes were captured in the cages - Chase
I liked your books because they have really good words and the action is very exciting. Kloey 8 years
I really like Quinn. I also liked the very last sentence in Book 5… They all laughed knowing that none of them believed anything was impossible any more. Lacy
Your books are interesting. I like your titles of the books. Drayden
I love your Impossible Quest series. They are so unique and extraordinary. I’ve read the whole series myself! I especially like Book 5. It’s got so much drama. I love all of the fantasy animals. When I grow up I want to be an awesome author like you. Ashlee
What I liked about your story is how you made people fight and I also liked Fergus. Khaled
I like most about the Impossible Quest is the adventures in the book. I liked Fergus. Brad
I liked the characters and the weapons in your books. Luke
I like your books because they are very good and they excited me when I when I read the first one. Phoenix
I really liked how you wrote book 5 because it really excited me with all the scary parts. Phoebe.
I really liked the adventures that the children had. Saige
What I liked most about your Impossible Quest book 5 was that I thought it was very extraordinary. My favourite characters were Quinn, Wolfric and Beltain. Your books blow my mind. Jessica.
I like the Impossible Quest books because there are adventures in each book. My favourite characters are Quinn and Quickthorn. The first book was absolutely astonishing. They had to escape Wolfhaven castle. Book 3 was epic because they found Beltain the dragon. Thank you for making the Impossible Quest series. Alexa
I liked Impossible Quest 5 because of the heroes. The heroes are extraordinary and Quinn, Eleanor, Tom and Sebastian and the other characters are all awesome. Micaiah
I liked the adventures the children had and their animals. My favourite one was the unicorn, Quickthorn, Wolfric and Fergus. Cassie
Once again, thanks for writing such an appealing, engaging and enthralling series of books that are appropriate for our younger readers.
Leanne Adam Class
Teacher Rukuhia School, Hamilton, New Zealand