Educational Resources

Reading and writing resources

  • Book Trust’s excellent “Writing Tips for Teens” with links to next steps: http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/teenagers/writing-tips/ Scottish Book Trust’s opportunities for young writers: http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/writing/opportunities-for-writers/young-writers Teen Ink www.teenink.com/...Read more
  • One of the questions that came up in an interview I did with Diana Sousa for Books(Dot)Con in 2016 was about the We Need Diverse Books-inspired “Own Voices” hashtag (#OwnVoices), which I hadn’t then heard of. When Diana asked me about it, my kneejerk reaction was to whine, “But what about ME? Don’t...Read more

Study guides

  • These thoughtful study guides are written by Rachael Walker and published by Disney Hyperion. Click here for the Study Guide for Code Name Verity. Click here for the Study Guide for Rose Under Fire. Click here for the Study Guide for Black Dove, White Raven . The Scottish Book Trust has also put...Read more

Women pilots, World War II

  • Soviet: Night Witches - Wikipedia Night Witches - Seize the Sky Night Witches - The Atlantic American: WASP - Women Airforce Service Pilots - Wikipedia Wings Across America - WASP on the Web Texas Women's University WASP history WASP Museum British: Air Transport Auxiliary - Wikipedia Air Transport...Read more
  • Soviet: Night Witches - Wikipedia Night Witches - Seize the Sky Night Witches - The Atlantic American: WASP - Women Airforce Service Pilots - Wikipedia Wings Across America - WASP on the Web Texas Women's University WASP history WASP Museum British: Air Transport Auxiliary - Wikipedia Air Transport...Read more
  • Curious readers may be interested in the sources for some of the flying scenes in Rose Under Fire. Rose’s background is similar to that of Betty Lussier , who grew up on a farm in Maryland then managed get to England to join the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942. Rose’s relationship with her...Read more
  • Curious readers may be interested in the sources for some of the flying scenes in Rose Under Fire. Rose’s background is similar to that of Betty Lussier , who grew up on a farm in Maryland then managed get to England to join the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942. Rose’s relationship with her...Read more
  • Taran is both a Russian and Polish word for aerial ramming (if you do a Wikipedia search on taran, you’ll be redirected to aerial ramming). Taran is not the same as kamikaze and is not considered a suicide manoeuver. If you’re nerdy enough to want a more in-depth discussion of taran, read J.T...Read more

Ravensbrück

  • I recently had a request from a student writing a "newspaper" article on Ravensbrück who wanted to know specifics on timing, events and individual prisoners, so I thought I'd post a few links here for anyone with similar interests: Ravensbrück Memorial Site Ravensbrück timeline (dates and events)...Read more
  • In August 2012 I spent a week at the Ravensbrück Memorial site taking part in a seminar called the European Summer School which is held there annually. The links below take you to the blog posts I wrote while I was there, along with photographs of the site as it is now. Part I Part IIRead more

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