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30 November 2008 ·

Walking my dog this afternoon, I was greeted by a bunch of eleven year old girls in front of the cafe. They all greeted the dog as well as me (on school nights the younger kids take turns walking him up and down in front of the cafe, but these girls were older and more sophisticated. They also know me well enough to simply call me Wendy and not just shout “There’s Wendy Orr!” or “How’s your movie, Wendy Orr?”)

So they asked what I was working on now, and I told them it was called Raven’s Peak and luckily enough, was able to assure them it would be in their age range. They asked intelligent questions, as they always do, and I tried to answer in the same way.

I wonder if there are any other jobs that let an adult discuss something with children, seriously and as equals? What a privilege!

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Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio