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07 February 2023

Posted by Tabby Hayward


This week, the young writers were inspired by Joan Aiken’s Arabel’s Raven to create a character inspired by the pet they might have! They then wrote the scene where the character met their pet for the first time!


One day, Bella was taking her daily walk through her estate and she came across something unusual. Her favourite bush was out of place. It rustled and she could be sure that there was something there. It rustled again and a little face popped out. It rustled again and a little body and tail emerged. Bella bent down and reached into her pockets to find a blueberry. She rolled it towards the rabbit and it came bouncing over and gobbled it all up. She knew that she had to continue her walk but its little face was so adorable and she couldn’t leave it here. So, she picked it up and slipped it into her pocket. Later that evening, she was getting ready to go to bed when the little rabbit bounced out of her pocket. She screamed. She had completely forgotten it was there. A second later, her door flung open and her father came rushing in.


It was a dark and stormy night. Mr. Goldstein was coming home from work. Suddenly, he saw a cat lying in the middle of the road. It looked  confused, petrified and worried for some reason. For a moment, he thought of leaving it but then he changed his mind.' From now on you will be called Tom and you shouldn't worry about anything but yourself,'' he said. Little did he know what was going to happen next....


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