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Claire Barker

Join Claire Barker as she talks about creating new words, funny stories and writing about nature

About The Author:

Claire Barker is an author and illustrator. When she’s not busy doing this she spends her days wrestling sheep, battling through nettle patches and triumphantly catching rogue chickens. She used to live on narrow-boats but now lives with her delightful family on a small, untidy farm in deepest, darkest Devon. Claire is the author of middle grade animal fantasy fiction series 'Knitbone Pepper' and loves nothing more than losing herself in a good book.

 

About The Book:

The dreadful strangers moved in on a wild and windy Thursday. 'Fudgenuts,' cursed Picklewitch, adjusting her cracked binoculars to get a better view of the comings-and-goings. 'This won’t do at all. I bet they haven’t even bought me any cake.'

Picklewitch is, quite literally, out of her tree. She has a nose for naughtiness, a taste for trouble and a weakness for cake. And unluckily for brainbox Jack – winner of the 'Most Sensible Boy in School' for the third year running - she’s about to choose him as her new best friend...

 

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Picklewitch and Jack

Picklewitch has a nose for naughtiness, a taste for trouble and a weakness for cake. And unluckily for brainbox Jack - winner of the 'Most Sensible Boy in School' for the third year running - she's about to choose him as her new best friend...

Picklewitch and Jack

Claire Barker

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Picklewitch and Jack

Jack's new best friend Picklewitch is still causing marvellous mischief at St Immaculate's School for the Gifted.

Picklewitch & Jack And The Cuckoo Cousin

Claire Barker

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An Introduction to 'Picklewitch and Jack'

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The Inspiration Behind 'Picklewitch and Jack'

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A Reading from 'Picklewitch and Jack'

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A Reading from 'Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin'

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Claire's Writing Challenge

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Are you more like Picklewitch or Jack?

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Where do you write?

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How is 'Picklewitch and Jack' an unusual story?

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How do you make your characters authentic?

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Why do your characters speak differently?

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Why did you want to write about opposite characters?

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What is the trick to writing funny stories?

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Why did you want to write about nature?

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How do you write fast-paced stories packed with description?

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Resource Download: 'Picklewitch and Jack' Extract