Magical adventure with dose of humour creates a winning read

Magical adventure with dose of humour creates a winning read

Stuart Horten (10 years old, but looks younger) has moved with his doctor mother and crossword compiler father to the small town of Beeton, where Great-Uncle Tony lived before he disappeared.

Monday, 17 September, 2012, 9:03am

Practice makes perfect - when you're careful

a small accident


Wicked - really cool, great fun

Example: I went to see a wicked new band at the Fringe Club yesterday.

Have a go - If you have a go, you try to do something or take a turn

Example: If you're bored, why don't you have a go at finishing this crossword?

To flip - to get very angry

23 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

The in thing is far out

Would you like to know the ins and outs of using the words 'in' and 'out'? If so, you have come to the right place. Come in and let's get a few things sorted out.

Is it in or out?

You do believe in Father Christmas, don't you?

Choose either IN or OUT to make these sentences correct.

27 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

A lively movie review

We have been looking at writing about television programmes. Often there are movies broadcast on TV. But the place they appear first is the cinema.

People often like to read other people's views about a movie before they decide to spend money to see it themselves. The reviews that appear in newspapers or magazines are often written by professional critics.

27 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Make it precise and clear

People want to read good writing. They will be interested if a piece of writing includes useful information. One example is a short piece that describes various programmes.

Take a page in a newspaper or magazine that lists television programmes and gives a short summary of what the viewer can expect. The information in these few lines has to be precise and clear.

13 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Recipe for creative writing

Most of the time that you write you will use a specific text type. But good writers do not restrict themselves to using just one type at a time. You can be creative by mixing several at once. It is also fun. Trying lots of varied ideas stimulates your imagination and can give you more ideas for writing.

4 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Interview with a writer

One way to become a better writer is to read a lot. When you read a range of books, you can learn from different authors' styles. You can see what sort of words they use and expand your vocabulary and knowledge of English. You can also do research about writers on the internet or from books. When you have collected enough information, you could write a profile of the author.

14 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

The power of love

This week we will look at romantic narratives. Writers have been composing pieces about love for centuries. The feelings of people falling in love provide good material and these stories are always popular. On the one hand is the joy of love when it is successful and on the other the pain of loss or rejection. So these narratives can be funny and occasionally tragic.

21 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Thrilled by narratives

Narratives are written to entertain readers. There are many different forms of narrative. A long story may even contain more than one type. The type we will look at today is the narrative written to thrill or frighten.

10 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Letters to the editor

There are several ways of expressing your opinion. One is to write a letter to a newspaper.

3 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

Recounting an enjoyable trip

Sometimes after you have been on a school trip or a holiday, you might want to write about it. In this sort of writing, you are retelling what has happened. That means using the past tense. The events you talk about should be in chronological order just as if writing a story. When planning your story, it helps to think about these: who, what, where, when and why.

11 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

English week provides fun for all

Our school's English week was lots of fun. Numerous activities were organised for the event and we tried to live up to the week's slogan 'Read and write, joy for life!' The fun started on November 15 and the main event was a book exhibition held in the school library. The focus was on how to improve your English skills and many books on the subject were exhibited.

10 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be explained

What was the smallest mammal that ever existed? The fossilised fragment of the world's smallest mammal - a gumdrop-sized creature that weighed no more than a banknote and that survived whatever wiped out the dinosaurs - was found in a tree stump in Wyoming, the United States.

14 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Cryptic world of puzzles

Jewels Of The Oracle for PC and MAC CD-ROMs AT LAST! A game which has no violence, no blood, no carnage, no nudity ... not even a chance of anything 'dying'! You may think Jewels Of The Oracle (JOTO) sounds like your run-of-the-mill role-playing adventure game. Well, it's not.

7 May 1995 - 12:00am

Puzzle of the missing crosswords

DOESN'T it just make you want to rip your hair out when you pick up a paper lying around the office and find the crossword is already done? Well one of Keeping Posted's spies experienced this particular horror recently with what he thought was a brand new copy of a newspaper from a certain Star Ferry newsstand.

1 Apr 1994 - 12:00am