Primary school students from Trinity Lutheran College have learnt the tips and tricks from one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors during his visit to the Gold Coast school last week.
Morris Gleitzman, author of Boy Overboard and Girl Underground, treated the year six students to an open reading of his current novel, which is still in the draft stage.
“We were very privileged to be the first audience of his next book,” the school said.
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Gleitzman’s visit was part of the Year 6 students’ study into how the global treatment of asylum seekers and refugees impacts lives.
“Students have been asked to ‘step into someone else’s shoes’ and consider life from the perspective of a refugee,” Trinity Lutheran College said.
“Gleitzman was able to give the students a true picture of the background to his writing of Boy Overboard and the family fleeing Afghanistan who he was introduced to in real life.”
Year 6 student Charlotte said one of the highlights was that Morris Gleitzman was able to “tell us about his journey in writing his novel Boy Overboard.”
“He told us that he met a refugee family from Afghanistan in Sydney, this family had a similar experience to the main characters in Boy Overboard, Jamal and Bibi,” she said.
“Another highlight was asking him questions about writing and his life as an author. He told us about how he got into writing, revealing to us where he gets his inspiration for his stories from.”
As well as giving the students a sneak peek into his new novel, Gleitzman also joined the Reader’s Cup participants from Year 6 and 7 in the college restaurant for a luncheon where he signed books and spoke about being an author.