Deeds of Darkness;
Deeds of Light
Donna Fletcher Crow
Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com
Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick. http://www.faysampson.co.uk
By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 6, 2018
Even though it is World book Day, there seems to be little made of it in America—at least in my neck of the woods. But for several years now I’ll admit to reading with considerable envy my British writer friends’ announcements of event they were participating in for the day.
Well, it happened this year—I managed to be in England at the right time to celebrate World Book Day with my granddaughters’ school. And what a celebration it was! Everyone—student body, faculty and staff—dressed as his or her favorite character for the day. And the assembly fairly buzzed with excitement.
The headmistress, AKA Cruella Deville, directed the costumed students to stand in groups: Princesses (most of the girls in the first 3 years, including our Lucy as Snow White); Dr. Seuss characters, especially the Cat in the Hat, were well represented; as was Harry Potter and Friends. Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz made a good showing as well.
Their annual tradition is for the headmistress to tell a story, involving the staff—this year a detective tale of much mayhem and clue-following which uncovered the guilty Waldo (better known in the US as Where’s Wally?)
And it all ended with one of the suspects needing a nurse—me—costumed as Nurse Winnie Winterson from the wonderful Hetty Feather books by Jacqueline Wilson, with my granddaughter Felicity appearing as Hetty herself.
I then had the delight of sharing a bit about my own love of reading and writing, concluding with giving out Idaho Potato pins.
What a wonderful way to promote excitement about reading.