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Raina started to go to the orthodontist several times a month. Following these appointments is a long list of treatments, including a process where Raina gets braces then she gets them removed for surgery. Headgear and a retainer with fake teeth attached to it followed the operation. When the doctor pulled down her other tooth, he put a white bandage over the teeth to protect them, so they can heal properly.
The next day at school, everyone was staring at her because of the bandage. All of a sudden, she noticed all of her friends making fun of her. Raina was in a great amount both physical and mental pain. The writer based the book on herself. The book is a true story of the author in girl scouts and her two front teeth falling out. Telgemeier told the whole process to make her teeth perfect again.
In the book the author includes all the details of her life during the time she had braces. Gathering her courage, Gail chases the shadows through caves and forests, discovering maps, a pearl and an unexpected new friend who can speak to birds. Now, Kay never left her room if she could help it. She hardly ate, and if she looked at Gail, it was like she was looking all the way through her, as if she was invisible.
The two sisters used to do everything together — they dreamed of being marine biologists and swam in the sea whenever they could. On her journey, Gail befriends a young girl called Mhirran. Mhirran speaks Dolphin and talks to the stalagmites in Morse code. She can mimic bird calls and wave her arms in semaphore. She talks about whistling languages and how spiders can communicate through their webs, like playing guitar strings. She talks about the ways elephants can feel the warning call of other elephants through the ground and how whales speak to each other through miles and miles of cold water.
She says that Mhirran talks all the time but never says anything real. And as she begins to listen more closely to her friend, Gail draws strength from learning how different creatures communicate. I hope this story will help young people and families talk about depression and mental health, and the different ways we can continue to reach out to each other through difficult and painful experiences.
Gail learns to ask for help and take the help that is given, and I hope this book, through a tale of magic and adventure, supports young people to ask for, and give help, themselves. The bravest thing. Kay had always been the strong one, not her. We stayed in for ages and when we came out our lips and fingers were blue. Everything is numb. Kay was the strong one.
She needed Kay to be the strong one.
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And so she had tightened her mouth and tapped at the window and shrugged and said nothing at all. Twigs broke behind her. They crunched in a creature-like way. She tugged her hair behind her ears, and shifted her rucksack higher on her back. Leaves crackled to her right, followed by the scuttling of insects disturbed.
For the first time, she wondered why the deer had been running so fast. Perhaps something had spooked them in the forest…. Gail shrank her head into her jumper. Who am I? Remember who I am. A crow burst upwards, startled into flight: something was moving in the forest. Gail froze.
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She could smell animal: damp fur and hunger. Every part of her body tensed. And then she thought of Kay and the way she stared everybody down without any other kind of weapon at all. So Gail opened her eyes. The eyes staring back at her were full of wilderness. Of hunts and hiding. Of exile and territory. They were full of night secrets and independence. They were coral-proud and luminous.
They shone. The island of Mist is under siege and Prince Ben and his best friend Odge Gribble — a hag — are in hiding. But instead Odge finds Lina, a nine-year-old girl looking for adventure. With the help of friends old and new and some very interesting magic, Odge and Lina must discover the secret of the mist, before they lose their beloved island completely. Sibeal starts this story at the Island of Mist, where magical creatures including hags and harpies live under the cover of a layer of mist produced by white furry creatures, not too dissimilar to Furbys, called mistmakers.
However, the island is under threat from evil harpies. What danger will the two encounter on this adventure? Beyond Platform 13 5. Which 3 adjectives and 3 corresponding emojis would you choose to best describe Beyond Platform 13? I think the most enjoyable part was being back in a world that I loved so much as a child.
I read The Secret of Platform 13 when I was around 9 years old, so to be back and writing the characters was incredibly surreal and magical. Can you describe her influence on you as a writer, on writing Beyond Platform 13 and why you think her books should be a part of every school? I find her work so very inspiring. I love how she played around with stereotypical fantasy characters.
Odge Gribble, for example, in The Secret of Platform 13 is a hag but she looks like an ordinary girl. She dreams of having lots of warts and impressive ear hair like her sisters. I love that play on the classic hag and it influenced how I played around with the concept of witches and mermaids in the Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids series. Beyond Platform 13 is inspired by The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson but which other books, people, research, ideas and inspirations have helped you to write it?
I started with the research and I hunted down every interview — printed and audio — with Eva that I could find. I wanted to first see if I could find clues as to where she would take the story.
I found some useful things that helped guide me. For example, in the book she mentions that every country has a gump a portal to the secret island , yet we only visit the one on Platform 13 in Kings Cross. That seemed like a solid world building mechanism — a way of establishing a larger framework so if she were to return to the world there would be more to see. My favourite find was the similarities between the way she described the character Ben and how she described her husband, Alan Ibbotson — kind, sweet, someone who cared for animals and was fascinated by the natural world.
In the book Ben makes a den for the mistmaker a strange magical creature in the story and hides it under his bed. In an interview she says, when they first met, her husband made an ant farm and kept it hidden under his bed. I loved that parallel, and things like that were enough for me to believe that she would see Ben as a good-to-his-bones character, and that helped steer how I developed him.
Ben was interesting because he is a prince with power on the island so he could be someone to potentially corrupt, but the similarities with Alan Ibbotson gave me enough reason to believe Eva would never do that. So that was how I tried to work, to keep the heart of it hers as much as possible. For example, there is a new hag character called Netty, which is a nod to Newcastle slang Eva lived in Newcastle. Eva said whenever she was stuck when writing she would add an aunt. So there is a moment when a character is physically stuck and a group of ghostly aunts appear to help.
Also, if my name were Hans, I too would open a cheese shop called Hans-ome Cheeses. I loved writing at school and making up crazy stories and characters. Drafting is so energising, creating everything from scratch and watching all your ideas come alive on the page. But I also find it exhausting around halfway through when I start to doubt it all.
This is something I think about a lot. I think at one point I thought all authors were dead — that the books had all been written. No authors ever visited our school although I do remember a bus full of books visiting once and it has stuck with me forever. She wrote across age ranges and covered everything from fantasy humour to adult romance. Beyond Platform 13 and Teaching 3.
Could you suggest ways in which Beyond Platform 13 or The Secret to Platform 13 could be used in the classroom for the many teachers and primary school staff that will read this and wish to use it in their schools? I found it was a really interesting exercise to return to a world that was already set up and waiting — the characters had been defined, the world had been built. It has definitely helped my writing, and I think a really fun exercise would be to have the children pick their favourite character can be from any book they like and write a short sequel story.
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