Rachael Lindsay

Halloo!

Rachael Lindsay

Welcome to my school page.

Many of you know me and my little friends well by now, but to those of you who are meeting us here for the first time, please read on to find out more.

After teaching all ages, for a number of very happy years, I finally took a leap of faith and did what I always wanted to do: write books for children. My characters were gathered from the glorious fjords of Norway and they have whispered their stories to me. I began writing tentatively, uncertain of where it might lead, but quickly, adventures involving Viking treasure, forest environments and trapped, endangered whales began to evolve. The mystery of the missing Flamoo Bloo was solved; the stealing of secrets from a tree troll was resolved. The quiet, gentle life of the trolls filled my head; their tales of courage and loyalty, compassion and love, contrasting sharply with the lives of the Big People. Always there had to be villains; always there had to be heroes. Each story is an escape into a world of fantasy, with just enough reality to bring them to life in children’s minds.

So, the Troll Series of books was written:

Then the Leaf Man, Liar-nel, with his fibbing leaflettes, Fibkin and Fiblet made an appearance in the first of a new series:

Pity poor Hobnail, with her twelve fingers, hunched back and blind eye! Her life is revealed in bedtime story snippets, as she lives under the long, green, slime fronds with Warty Toad and Snidey Slug. The baby she finds, only brings her trouble…

And so, on to my latest book:

No spoilers for this one!

I regularly visit schools, with my basket of trolls and Liar-nel, bringing excitement and a real love of reading. Sometimes I begin the day with an assembly – an introduction to my friends’ stories and the life of an author. The schools already reading one of my books as a class text will respond happily to my greeting: “Gooshty morgy, mi littleor lovelors!”… others will soon begin to pick up ‘troll-talk’! I offer classroom activities for all ages, planned and emailed beforehand, to suit any writing focus. Some schools have specific ideas for me to cover; others leave it up to me. Together we can think about:

– the list is endless. What I do know is that the children really enjoy everything I offer. We have great fun!

I believe fervently that children should enjoy stories. They should enjoy them with a friend, a teacher, a parent or carer, or in secret, quiet time on their own. Shared reading, modelled reading and silent reading all play a part. Stories should transport them into other worlds where they can meet any number of characters and experience any number of adventures, with fun and excitement; where they can experience danger from the safety of their own special reading place. Stories should fire imaginations!

Stories should inspire quality writing.

If this is what you would like to offer your children in school, please email or call me. My rates are very reasonable – I know budgets are tight! Breathe a little fresh air in the classrooms. You and your children will not be disappointed!

Phone numbers available on request

Author visit to Tushingham with Grindley C of E Primary School

Thursday 15th November 2018

Rachael Lindsay and her trolls came to visit Class 3, a group of mixed Year 3 and 4 children, last Thursday. The children were very excited, as I had already started reading Rachael’s first book, The Warrior Troll’, to them the previous week. We had begun to work out some words of her ‘Troll Talk’- the language that all trolls speak.

Rachael had already emailed me her planning and word-banks, troll sentences etc, so I knew what to expect from the morning. The high expectations were well and truly met! The morning was well-paced, giving children an insight into how a published author works and comparing to how we edit and improve in the classroom. The children loved being introduced to the trolls; they could not take their eyes off them! They also loved hearing Rachael read excerpts from her other books in order to derive characteristics of a variety of troll personalities and express them using a range of adjectives. They became very accomplished translators of troll-talk, translating sentences to and from this ‘marvellurg’ language!

Rachael left Class 3 feeling excited, motivated and inspired to write their own troll descriptions. Next, they will plan, then write their own troll adventure story. The children’s comments said it all;

"I loved this lesson!"

"The part I liked best was meeting the trolls."

"It was very interesting to meet a real author."

Thank you Rachael for a thrilling and inspirational morning!

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