MY CHALLENGE

What are your all time favourites scenes from children's books?

Not favourite books themselves, but those key moments that really stand out in your imagination, be it because of its importance in a story, the quality of characterisation, the brilliant writing, or how it moved and impressed you.

For me it's either Frodo's first real encounter with the Nazgul in the Lord of the Rings and then the race to Rivendale, or a chapter in The Wind in the Willows called Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It's apparently kids' least favourite chapter and it does stand out strikingly from the rest. But when the animals are blinded by the vision of the great God Pan, then made to forget lest they loose themselves, for me it's one of the most evocative in all literature - for it's beauty, it’s strange mystic link with ancient myths and its deep tenderness. You can feel the author’s soul. I aspire to that kind of writing in my own books.

But it's yours that count here. Click the link below and write to me, no more than fifty words please and, although you probably have lots, I only want one, the very best. What and why, and put your heart in it. I’ll post the best here and any posted will win a signed copy of a book of their choice.

But it's yours that count here. Click the link below and write to me, no more than fifty words please and, although you probably have lots, I only want one, the very best.

Get writing and enjoy writing it!

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