Scallywags and the Stormy Secret
Scallywags Book 4
- No one likes being stuck indoors during stormy weather – especially not students at the School of Scallywags, and especially not on a miserable Monday morning. But when Felicity “Flick” Foulweather reveals a stormy secret to her classmates, boredom turns to curiosity in less time than it takes Hook Hand Horace to say, “Shiver me secrets, there’s a mystery to solve!”. In the Scallywags’ fourth fantastic adventure, Super sleuth, Mischief McScruff must put on his detective’s hat (or his newspaper pirate hat) and get to the bottom of this whodunnit mystery before the secret gets out. “Most books put me to sleep. But not this whodunnit mystery. This book toppled off the shelf and woke me with a start. I read the first chapter to calm my nerves, and now I can’t put it down. Stupid book for ruining my catnap! I rate this book five-out-of-five insomniac cats.” Felicity ‘Flick’ Foulweather. DANGER: Reading this book while sleeping may cause drowsiness.
- Cameron Stelzer is an Australian author and illustrator with a passion for creating exciting children’s books and fostering a love of reading, writing and creativity in young people. He is one of Australia’s favourite children’s authors with books that engage, inspire and excite children. Cameron’s books include the internationally award-winning Pie Rats series, the fun and zany Scallywags series, how-to-draw publications, and the Stroogle picture book series. Cameron’s books have won many awards including the American Fiction Awards (Juvenile Fiction), International Book Awards, IndieReader Discovery Awards, Book Excellence Awards and the National Indie Excellence Awards. Brisbane, QLD.
- Scallywags and the Stormy Secret is the fourth instalment in the internationally award-winning Scallywags series (2018 awards include the American Fiction Awards - Juvenile Fiction, and the New York City Big Book Award - Children's Humour.)
The release is fresh off the back of the national Summer Reading Club program in which the Scallywags series is profiled and Author Cameron Stelzer is guest blogger.
As an Australian Author visiting schools, Cameron enjoys writing about topics that children find interesting. A rainy day at school is a topic that children relate to, combined with with the intrigue of a mystery. Children in primary school are going to read this book as it is fun, engaging and has unique characters which relate to larger pirate 'teams'.
The illustrations set this book apart. Throughout the book are over 100 detailed pencil illustrations with shading and rendering, and sometimes a touch of watercolour. Children are excited about the texture, and how this work brings the characters to life in a different way to books on the market.
Teacher resources are available.
This book took two years to create.
Inspiration for the book:
After completing his Doctorate of Visual Arts, Cameron began working at the Natural History Museum in London. It was here that Cameron began writing and illustrating stories inspired by the animals in the museum. He has been writing and illustrating stories featuring anthropomorphic characters ever since. Scallywags and the Stormy Secret is set at a crazy school for pirates (who are also animals).
The Scallywags series is profiled in the national 2018 Summer Reading Club, running throughout public libraries 1 December 2018 - 31 January 2019. Author Cameron Stelzer is also guest blogger for the duration of the program.
In 2019, the Author will be touring 5 States of Australia, visiting over 100 schools and working directly with over 20,000 children.
Requests made for titles to be added to the Premier's Reading Challenge lists throughout Australia as per Cameron's previous titles.
Application to 5 book awards within Australia and internationally.
Contact with over 4,000 consumers via email, letters and social media regarding Scallywags and the Stormy Secret as a new title in the popular Scallywags series.
Contact with over 20 book review avenues, and 500 media avenues for books reviews and/or Author Interviews.
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