Australian author drops in on Sunderland school

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AUSTRALIAN children’s author Jacqueline Harvey took time out of a national book-signing tour to visit a Sunderland school.

The award-winning writer of the Alice-Miranda books, which are due to be made into a television series, went along to Fulwell Junior School in Seaburn to meet the children and officially open the new-look library.

Pupils at the Sea Road school, sisters Emma and Lilly Sayer, are huge fans of the Alice-Miranda books and asked Jacqueline if she would visit their school next time she was in the UK.

As part of her tour she made a point of going along to the Sunderland school.

Teacher Rachel Sainthouse said: “We got an email asking if we would like her to come in and visit the children and we were obviously delighted.

“It was a great opportunity for us to get an author to open the library.”

The school began redesigning the library in July and asked the children which books they would like to read.

She said: “We have now filled the library with fabulous books, which the children cannot wait to get into. We also brought a story time tree into the library from outside, from our nature garden, to tie in with our whole school project this year which is Inside Out/Outside In.

“The visit from Jacqueline was also to bring somebody from outside in to the children to inspire reading and writing.”

Jacqueline said: “I loved meeting everyone.

“The first thing that struck me about the school interior were the stunning displays of student art.

“The library is a sanctuary space for the children with comfortable bean bags and the most beautiful selection of books.

“I was thrilled to see Alice-Miranda and Clementine Rose there too.”