Book signing at Langham Village School after pupil Evie’s story is published by Night Zoo
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Evie Green, 10, is now a published author. Her story appears in a book called Night Zookeeper and the Spying Giraffes.
The book that features Evie's story is the first in a series written by Joshua Davidson. He created Night Zookeeper to inspire children across the world to be creative and expressive. Night Zookeeper uses storytelling and technology to inspire and develop children's writing.
Evie's story, The Buildings of the World was chosen to feature in the novel alongside two ex pupils who now attend Alderman Peel High School - Arran Coe and Karina Allison.
The girls were inspired to write through their involvement in an International writing competition organised the Night Zookeeper team through their website.
This is a site that enables children to draw their own magical animals and write stories, poems, news reports to share with teachers and fellow students all over the world.
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Langham entered the World Creative Writing Month competition back in March 2014, in which they came third in the world.
Head teacher Polly Kossowicz said: 'The website has turned creative writing into a real strength of the school and totally inspired everyone to write both at home and at school.
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'The children all now think like authors they use things that happen at school and home for ideas for their stories.
'Even the new Reception children, who have just turned four years old, are excitedly creating characters and stories to go into the Night Zoo.'
Evie was also chosen as a winner of the 100 word challenge, the only winner from the UK alongside six pupils from America, Australia and Northern Ireland. Mrs Cotton, Evie's teacher, said that last year her students made a year's worth of progress in just one term as a direct result of their use of the Night Zookeeper.
Night zookeeper Paul, the education director for the Night Zoo, brought copies of the new book for the children at Langham and led an assembly where they heard the first two chapters of the book.
Night zookeeper Buzz, illustrator of the book and creative director of the Night Zoo also visited the school. He spoke to the pupils about their work, read their stores and did a little 'animals aerobics' with Coral Class.
He then signed books alongside Evie for the other pupils to buy. Evie said: 'I never would of guessed when I began using Night Zookeeper that I would become a published author. When I found my story Buildings of the World in the book, I screamed!'