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Linda Chapman, children's author
 

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This is where you get to do stuff! Do a word search or complete the quiz to find out what type of stardust spirit you are or look up some secret facts about Linda and her books. You can try your luck on the three in a row game too

There are lots more fun things to do including pictures to download on Linda’s other website: www.lindachapman.co.uk

Word Search

How long will it take you to find all the Not Quite A Mermaid words?
ELECTRA
SPLASH
SASHA
NERISSA
SHARK
MERMAID
ISLAND
REEF
SEAHORSE
DOLPHIN
ADVENTURE
 
D Z I W J E A A D V E N T U R E
O Z B Y S H L S L C F E S B W P
V N D X S C F E E C V R F W S J
D I B A M A X A C H M I E P A U
O V S P L A S H Y T E S U E Y C
L Y H L Y D V O J W R S Z R F D
P Z A U A Z F R M C M A A B Z R
H D R F Q N X S W D A M A R Z Y
I I K H R X D E E A I S Z X Z V
N J M S K F I Y E C D G F M X T
Mark the words by clicking each letter in turn,
starting with the first letter of the word.    

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Stardust Quiz

There are four types of stardust spirit – autumn, winter, summer and spring and each of them can do a different type of magic. No one knows what type of stardust spirit they are until they actually turn into one and discover the magic inside them but answer these questions to find out what type of stardust spirit you might be!

Question 1: Which of these descriptions is most like you?

  1. talkative, full of ideas, popular with lots of friends
  2. brave, a good organiser, loves adventure
  3. loyal, determined, sensible
  4. sensitive to other people’s feelings, hates arguments, imaginative

 

Question 2: Which of these is your worst fault?

  1. Not thinking about other people’s feelings
  2. Losing your temper
  3. Sulking
  4. Not being able to make up your mind

 

Question 3: One of your friends suggests doing something you know you shouldn’t. Would you…

  1. Well, actually you would have been the one suggesting it in the first place!
  2. Immediately get excited and start planning how you could do it.
  3. Try and stop them because you know you will get into trouble.
  4. Feel worried but go along with it.

 

cover - Startdust: Magic at MidnightQuestion 4: If you were at a sleepover and people started telling ghost stories would you…

  1. Tell the best, most scariest, most exciting stories you could even if they weren’t true to make everyone else very scared.
  2. Really enjoy it and tell people any ghost stories you could remember.
  3. Laugh and tell everyone ghosts aren’t real.
  4. Feel very scared and not like it.

Question 5: Which of these stones would you choose if you could have any?

  1. a golden topaz stone
  2. a black and white sparkling onyx stone
  3. a bluey-green turquoise stone
  4. a purple amethyst stone

Question 6: In which of these places would you most like to be?

  1. In a wood on a crisp October day, the red and gold leaves crunching under your feet as you run around.
  2. Playing on a busy beach on a hot day surrounded by sand and sea.
  3. Walking through a green meadow full of growing flowers with blue sky overhead and birds singing.
  4. Standing on a shingle beach on a winter’s day with the seagulls flying overhead, and the waves pulling gently at the stones.

So which stardust spirit are you? and see which you have the most of to find out!

Mostly As – you are probably an Autumn spirit like Allegra, always full of ideas, you love having fun and you and make friends very easily although sometimes you are so busy having ideas you don’t always realise how other people are feeling. Still your friends love you because you have such greay ideas! Autumn spirits can use their magic to control the wind and their magic gemstone is topaz.

Mostly Bs – you are probably a summer spirit like Lucy, you are brave and a natural leader, very good at organising people and you love doing exciting things. You are never mean or spiteful but sometimes you do lose your temper! Summer spirits can use their magic to start fires and their magic gemstone is onyx.

Mostly Cs – you are probably a Spring spirit like Ella. You are fairly quiet but very determined and brave and a very good, true friend. You always think things through, sometimes people say you are too sensible but you only want to stop people when they are doing things that might get them into trouble. Spring spirits can use their magic to make things grow and their magic gemstone is turquoise.

Mostly Ds – you are probably a Winter spirit like Faye. Often a little bit shy you are very sensitive to people’s feelings and know instinctively when someone is upset or worried. Sometimes you can be a bit too timid and scared but you’re always there for your friends if they need you and you’re the person they talk to when they are feeling sad, you are also very imaginative. Winter spirits can use their magic to control rain, hail or snow and their magic gemstone is amethyst.

cover - Stardust: Lucy's Magic JournalA complete mixture: you are a very interesting and complex person with lots of different sides to you. Look at the descriptions of the different spirits and choose the one that feels the most like you, but, like everyone else, you will have to turn into a stardust spirit to really find out!

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Secret Facts about Linda and her Books

Ssh! Don’t tell…

As well as Swizzle I had a pony called Pepper for a short time when I was ten because Swizzle was so naughty he used to scare me by trotting off with me and so I had Pepper on loan too for a while to give me my confidence back. He was a very sweet, very quiet 11.2hh grey Welsh Mountain pony.
I won my pony club’s ten years and under Novice Show Jumping annual cup on Swizzle – as I got older he got less naughty and I became better at riding!
When I was thirteen I had my pony, Heidi, clipped without telling my mum and when she found out she was very angry and refused to let me go to the Horse of the Year show which I and all my friends were going to. I was not happy but then neither was my mum!

Stardust spirits were not originally going to be summer, autumn, winter and spring spirits but fire, earth, water and air spirits. We had to change it because of another book/TV series that was using a similar idea that I hadn’t known about.

The new stardust spirits in Stardust: Sky Horses are called Erin and Chloe. They are in year six. Allegra and Xanthe make several appearances in the books. They don’t live very close but Xanthe is Chloe’s godmother.
To turn into a stardust spirit for the first time the planets and stars have to be in a certain place. I forgot to mention that for a few books!

The main character, Sophie, in Bright Lights and Centre Stage is based on a girl called Sophie who used to come to my drama classes and who is part of an incredibly talented family who can all sing, act and dance.

Max and Fin in Superpowers are based on two real boys, Max and Fin who go to school with Iola. Fin really does have an older sister called Jasmine but Max’s dad is much better at building bunk beds than he is in the books!

The man-eating birds in Superpowers book five were going to be geese because I am very scared of geese and think they are terrifying birds. Unfortunately no one else agreed.

 

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Three in a Row

Can you get three identical covers in a row?

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