‘Look everyone!’ Tom shouted, the way people do when they’re frightened. ‘A brick’s fallen out of the wall!’
And behind the brick, a mysterious scroll is waiting for Tom. On the scroll is an ancient riddle. It talks of enemies and danger. Tom’s world is turned upside down as his amazement turns to fear. What ancient forces for good or evil has he unleashed? Is the glowing riddle a trick? Can Tom trust himself, or anyone, with its secret message?
This story was written and produced with twenty gifted and more able children from a Selborne CofE Primary School. The children were involved at every stage – coming up with the idea, writing, drawing, page and book layout, front cover design and the marketing of the product. With over 44 illustrations and support from Quentin Blake, The Secret Scroll was launched at the school’s Winter Wonderland event in 2009. The children went on to hold a book signing at the local branch of Waterstones as well as appearing on ITV Meridian News.
‘An awesome success!’ according to those at Hampshire County Council who kindly funded the project.
The book carries a Roman theme, tying in with the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 children and is deemed to be suitable reading for 7-11 year olds.