Dan brings new book to life for students

Dan Smith (foreground) with Erin Leigh Hall, Emily Coxon, Alex Porteous, and Scott Green. Picture by Neil Denham.
Dan Smith (foreground) with Erin Leigh Hall, Emily Coxon, Alex Porteous, and Scott Green. Picture by Neil Denham.

An author has visited a North Shields school thanks to support and help from a teaching agency.

Whitley Bay-based First Class Supply enabled children’s author Dan Smith to visit John Spence Community High School to give an insight into his latest novel through their work with Seven Stories in Newcastle.

Dan read extracts from the book ‘My Brother’s Secret’, which tells the story of a boy struggling to make sense of day-to-day life in Hitler’s Germany during the Second World War, and also signed copies.

Lesley Robinson, director of First Class Supply, said: “We are really excited to be able to help make events such as this happen.

They are both fun and educational for the children and help to bring the curriculum more alive.

“We are doubly proud to have worked in partnership with John Spence Community High School for the past ten years.”

Dan said: “One of the greatest benefits of writing books for younger readers, is the opportunity to visit schools, to engage young people and to show them that books are fun. Stories open new worlds and reading is beneficial.”

“Seven Stories and First Class Supply are working hard to bring authors into schools, and it was a pleasure to be involved with them.

“More importantly, it was a pleasure to meet and talk to such a lively and keen group of children at John Spence Community High.”

Angela Lund, assistant headteacher at John Spence Community High School, said: “We were delighted to be selected by First Class Supply to have the highly acclaimed author, Dan Smith, in school to talk with some of our students.

“It was a wonderful opportunity for them to meet Dan, ask him questions both about his new book and writing in general and to actually listen to him read extracts.

“We have a highly successful English Department at John Spence which encourages theatre trips and visits from authors and poets. Dan’s visit was another opportunity for us to bring English alive in the classroom.”