This week I read the last 2 chapters of my manuscript, Harriet & the Secret Librarian, to my year 3/4 Scripture class. They have had the full m/s read to them now over the last few weeks. It was greeted at the end with applause from both the teacher & children. Their teacher asked who had a favourite character. Some said Harriet, but most nominated Mrs. Garner, the secret librarian. The secret was revealed in the last chapter. I'm pleased that they identified with the librarian, as she is one who brings the stories alive, even to reluctant readers. Now to try publishing, however, I have set myself a project over the school holidays to see if I can finish Harriet & the Secret Ring, which I may try to get published first. I read the children the opening lines of the Secret Ring to whet their appetites for next term. Both stories are a mixture of real-life and fantasy, with the second having more of an adventure angle....time travel, centurions, helpful dragon, talking toadstools etc. Whoops-don't give too much away! Harriet and the Secret Ring has been inspired by the author Edith Nesbit's writings, both through the Story of the Amulet and her short stories in the Book of Dragons. There is always room for fantasy.