Readers' Comments


This morning I had the rare pleasure of a lie-in with a book and took the chance to complete the family quadrella of having read your novel Time Flies. I felt compelled to write to you and let you know what a great read it was. I was moved to tears at several stages. The story had many elements crammed into its mere 110 pages: history; mystery; encouragement of a love of learning and reward for effort; relationships; action and consequence; collecting/ hoarding/ discarding; lies, theft and deception; sacrifice.
Thank you for creating this book and for your positive involvement with both our children!
Ron W

I had expected more of a children's book when I started to read Time Flies. I found it just so good I couldn't put it down until I finished.
How you managed to make it a modern day story that kids can definitely relate to and something that I thoroughly enjoyed was just great.
Rachel and Erin didn't put it down until they had finished it also. My mum has now got it to read.
Denise B

Thank you for sending the book Time Flies to us. There are not many books I have read that have been so exciting and interesting at the same time!! Thank you again.
Erin B
Primary school student

The story Time Flies is one of the best stories I have ever read. Usually when I read a book if it is boring it takes me at least a week to finish it but both your books Miranda the White Witch and Time Flies only took me a day or so to finish. Even when the dog whinged at the door I could not leave the book because it was so interesting to read.
Rachel B
Primary school student

I'm really sad you're retiring. I've been reading a really good book called Katie's Dream. You're really good at writing books! I loved the stories you would tell us in class. You were really nice and funny.
Primary school student – Grade 3

I really enjoyed reading your book, Katie's Dream. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I am a very picky reader. Quite a lot of the books I read I never find them interesting, but this book was so good . It was well explained cause I could just see the characters in my head.
I can't wait to read your next book.
Tiffany Y
Primary school student – Grade 3

I come from Canterbury Primary School (I am in year 4). In year three we read your book Time Flies. I thought it was great so I bought it (a copy) from the school Then a couple of weeks ago my friend found a book in our school library it was called Katie's Dream. And she read it and recommended it to me because I really liked Time Flies. So I read it. I thought it was fantastic! (I thought Time Flies was a good as Katie's Dream.)
They're my favourite books ever!

I have a couple of questions:
1. How do you think of these books?
2. When you were looking for a school to teach at did you want a school with a lot of history so you could write a book? *
3. Can you recommend a couple more books that you have written that are like Time Flies and Katie's Dream?
Hannah E
Adrian (author): * Time Flies was actually written twenty five years after I had left the school!

Dear Adrian,
It's me Emily. The book you sent me was great NO more than great it was beautiful, sad, cool, I have no idea how to decribe it .IT was interesting for the first time in a chapter how it all makes scence and it's organised and that bit of everything in it.
I also loved that at the start to be honest I didn't think I would like it but I didn't want to upset you so I DID read it. As soon as I read the first chapter it was so beautiful I had to keep reading it. I loved it.
Sorry if I got my spelling rong. I'm working on it.
Emily L