Talk to Jessica Townsend

Talk to Jessica Townsend

The publisher of the award winning Nevermoor series, Hachette Australia, has teamed up with the Sydney Opera House and NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge to offer schools an exciting digital experience with award winning children’s author, Jessica Townsend.

On the release of Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, primary and secondary schools across Australia will have the opportunity to stream a digital in-conversation event with the record-breaking Australian author to celebrate the launch of the second book in the wildly popular series.

From today, schools will be able to sign up to one of two sessions which will be streamed live from beneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday, 31st October. Classroom resources and activities on the Nevermoor series will be available via the Sydney Opera House websites, and schools signed up for the sessions will also be able to submit questions for Jessica in advance of the session.

Jessica Townsend says: ‘My absolute favourite thing about being a children’s author is connecting with young readers. Being able to share a love of reading and writing, to celebrate imagination, and to talk about what inspires me to be creative is a joy and privilege, and I’m so excited that these digital sessions will allow me to reach classrooms I wouldn’t necessarily be able to visit in person.’

The NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge will also donate a copy of Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow and Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow to the libraries of schools who contribute questions that are chosen forthe sessions. Tamara Rodgers, NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge Officer, says: ‘We love stories here at the PRC, and we’re thrilled to be joining with Hachette and the Sydney Opera House to bring this wonderful new Morrigan Crow adventure to students!’

Sydney Opera House Head of Children, Families and Creative Learning, Bridgette Van Leuven says: ‘Our digital creative learning program offers live and interactive cultural experiences to school children ensuring Sydney Opera House is accessible to rural and remote Australian communities. We are delighted to stream into classrooms, bestselling author Jessica Townsend for a live author talk as she shares insights into the Nevermoor series by answering questions from students and fans in real time.’

Schools can sign up for the sessions on The Sydney Opera House Digital program website here.

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend will be released October 30

(image of Jessica Townsend by Emma Nayler)

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Synopsis

Return to the magical world of Nevermoor! Morrigan Crow's perilous adventures continue in the most anticipated sequel of the year, a treat for all fans of magic and Wunder.Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She's hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery - but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan's unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion...

Synopsis

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide.But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.It's there that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city's most prestigious organisation: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each boasting an extraordinary talent that sets them apart. Except for Morrigan, who doesn't seem to have any special talent at all.To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests – or she'll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate.#10 in the Top 50 Kids' Books 2019 - Older Readers
Jessica Townsend
About the author

Jessica Townsend

Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her pet fascinations include public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats - all of which have weaselled their way into Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, her award-winning first novel released in 2017. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in this record-breaking series, was released in 2018.Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children's Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.

Books by Jessica Townsend

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