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Jasper Cooper Visit - March 2009                                                                              

JASPER COOPER VISITS K.A.

Last week we had a really interesting visit from author Jasper Cooper. Now Jasper's not just your ordinary author - not only did he used to be a tennis professional, he illustrates his own books, publishes them himself, and travels everywhere with a cuddly albatross called Neville!

Jasper spent the whole day at KA, working with a variety of English classes including the Junior Book Group, and also with the Senior Media Studies course. He brought along with him many examples of his artwork, along with supplies of his book Candara's Gift, the first in The Kingdom of Gems trilogy - and proceeded to sell plenty of signed copies.

We were all intrigued to find out why the book laid on a shelf gathering dust for over 10 years before publication - and also how big a komodo dragon can actually grow!

We have just received a letter from Jasper saying how much he enjoyed his day in Scotland - and Jasper, if you're reading this - many thanks from all of us at KA - we really enjoyed meeting you...and thanks for the chocolates!

To find out more about Jasper Cooper and the Kingdom of Gems, visit www.TheKingdomOfGems.com

Report by Stephen King, School Librarian