Katherine is determined to dress up, despite having left half of her wardrobe at home. Encouraged by a question from St Stephen's School earlier in the week "Why are you dressed up?" (when she wasn't really, except for the plastic crown), she digs a long purple dress out of her case and adds the sparkly belt that must have triggered yesterday's question. She gets a few strange looks at breakfast in the hotel from grumpy businessmen in their sober suits, and forgets to add her pink hair extensions, but that doesn't really matter since she's still got the crown...
|Stourport High School - book signing|
After book signing and posing for the paparazzi in the school foyer (see picture above), we devoured a huge chocolate cake provided as a treat by the Worcester Children's Book Group. The cake was so good I didn't even get a photo of it before it turned into chocolate crumbs, but I'm sure you can use your imagination...
A quick dash back through the rain to the car, and we headed up the motorway to Nottingham through a less-than-enchanted mist sprayed up from the road by all the lorries. Well done to Nic, who not only had the difficult job of driving hundreds of miles through this spray, but also finding the way to the next school while Katherine tried to pretend she hadn't eaten too much chocolate cake and wasn't really travel sick, honest.
A quick lunch of sandwiches devoured in the car park of the local Tesco Express, and then we drove around the impressive building of Nottingham High School a few times looking for an open gate into their beautiful grounds. With the car safely tucked into a courtyard, we climbed the sweeping front steps to find a large and elegant building with the sort of antique wooden-panelled lifts you have to close the doors yourself every time you get in and out. I tried not to think about how antique the lift mechanism might be, but it worked very smoothly and nobody got stuck between floors with a box of books.
Here is the library (only half of it - there were two entrances like this) with Katherine and Nic posing in the archways:
|Katherine (in purple) and Nic (a "muggle") in the library at Nottingham High School|
|book signing at Nottingham High School|
|signing books for "Bart Simpson" and a long-haired "witch"|
Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, other young readers were busy dressing up as Rhianna Pendragon and her friends:
(Did YOUR school dress up for the day? Anyone else go as Rhianna?)
After leaving Nottingham, another rather wet and misty drive took us back to Stourport, where Katherine worked off the miles by taking a swim in the hotel pool while I played happily with the bubbles in the jacuzzi - what fun! Good thing they had a hairdryer, though... my tail will never be the same again.
Next post: the final day of the tour!
Day 1 - Devon
Day 2/3 - Coventry and Wolverhampton
With thanks to:
Stourport High School
Julie Benkwitz, Worcester Children's Book Group
Nottingham High School
The Bookcase, Nottingham
Nic Wilkinson, PR
Everyone who dressed up as a character from one of my books!