Alice Pung excites her audience

DSCF2868Today was a great day out at the local library with our Book Club. Alice Pung was the visiting author who we went to see. I liked that she was honest about everything. I liked her book “Unpolished Gem” because it was true and she was brave.  Michelle

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We went to our local library today. We had Maccas for lunch. I liked hearing Alice Pung. I enjoyed the way she wrote her book “Unpolished Gem” and how it was totally true. I learnt that her family came from a very distorted third world country and they went through hardship. LK

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Today we went with book Club to the public library to see Alice Pung and she was great. She was very truthful about her life. I Learned from reading parts of her book that it would be hard living in a different country. I liked that her book was about her life. EM

DSCF2870When we listened to Alice Pung today we learned that she has a funny dad and a snot sucking Grandmother (she did this when Alice’s baby brother had a cold, so he could still drink). Alice also told us that Cambodia had its hard times. There is some good humour in her book and it is all true and realistic.  Lauren

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Melbourne Writers Festival

On Tuesday August 26th we went to Melbourne for the Young Writers Festival.
We traveled by bus, when we got there the first person we saw speak was:
John Flanagan.
He told us about his new book coming out. About a new character in the new book thats named after a girl who emails him alot named Maddi. And other things.
After we saw him we saw Emily Rodda.
She told us about how she named her characters by their personality.
And how she got her ideas from normal everyday life like watching a wasp carry a parralised spider up her window gave her an idea for when Lief, Jasmine and Barda were stuck in mud and other creatures had put them there, in one Deltora Quest book.
She also told us about that a story can come from the easiest things such as:
Her twin sons when they were 3 heard someone say their friend’s grandma laughed so hard she nearly fell into the supermarket freezer. They changed the story to she did fall in and her head got stuck in the ice. So the supermarket man came with an axe and chopped her up into little pieces.

So as you can see, stories come from anything, commensense, what could happen and pure imagination.

We all thought the festival was fun and very interesting.

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