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“G’dday. My name’s Ian Trevaskis. I write all sorts of stuff. Magazine articles, picture story books, short stories and novels. My Hopscotch series of novels for older readers features teenage warriors Hannah and Jake who play a simple game of hopscotch that catapults them into a strange world. Trapped in mythological ancient Greece Hannah must find three objects and Jake. This reading is from the prologue of Book One.
Hopscotch Medusa Stone
Cast your stone upon the square,
Leap and dance across the air.
At the end a door awaits,
Be prepared to meet the Fates.
It was pitch black. Hannah couldn’t see a thing and she was totally freaking out. She pulled her knees up to her chest and jammed her fist in her mouth to stop from screaming. The air was full of stale sweat. She pressed her back to the wall and wondered what kind of game this was. An invisible hand squeezed her shoulder. She tried to jerk away but there was no room. A voice whispered in her ear. “Make ready.”
Someone shuffled past her. She heard the command whispered again. There was rustling and the soft clink of metal and suddenly the bodies pressed around her were moving. Hannah cringed in fear as dull light flooded across the floor near her feet. Before she knew what was happening she was pushed through a small doorway.
She fell onto rough stones that cut through the knees of her jeans and when she held her hands up to her face she discovered they were streaked with blood. She crouched like a cornered animal, her eyes darting wildly from one place to the next. Nothing that she saw made any sense.
She was in the middle of some sort of square enclosed by high stone walls. Hannah’s eyes were drawn to the massive wooden horse that stood silhouetted against the dawn sky. Soldiers wielding swords and shields dropped silently out of the horse onto the ground around her like cats. They bounded to their feet and stepped past her to be swallowed up in the shadows of the walls.
“What the …” she started.
A hand grabbed her arm and yanked her to her feet. When the stranger spoke it was a language she’d never heard, and she was shocked to find that she understood every word he uttered.
“By the almighty Zeus, a stowaway!” he exclaimed.”
ABOUT IAN TREVASKIS:
When Ian’s first picture story book, Quincy, was published and won a CBCA ‘Notable Australian Book’ award he began to think he might be on to something. Since then he has published picture story books, novels for older readers, books for school literacy series and feature articles for magazines. He was, until recently a primary school teacher, but after 40 years in front of a chalkboard he finally decided writing is heaps more fun and also much quieter.
His forthcoming titles (2012) include Edge of the World and Clover, both picture story books.
“My first visit to Varuna was in 2000 to take part in an 8 day mentorship program with children’s novelist Jenny Pausacker. This experience served to affirm that I could indeed write something worthwhile.
Since then I have been fortunate enough to be awarded two Varuna Retreat Fellowships, and with five other writers attended a Young Adult Writers Masterclass run by Mark McLeod.
Over the years Varuna has provided me with a place where I can gather my thoughts, work on my projects without distractions and enjoy the company and fellowship of other writers.” Ian Trevaskis
The Postman’s Race, 1991,1997
Periwinkle’s Ride, 1994
Bumped and Thumped, 1994
Buck’s Big Adventure, 2003
Monkey Buys Trouble, 2006
Tom’s Tryouts, 2007
Hopscotch Medusa Stone, 2009
Delilah’s Dream, 2009
Hopscotch Golden Scarab, 2010
Butterfly, 2004 in the anthology fourW fifteen
Sea Nymph with Snake, 2011 in the anthology fourW twenty-two
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website : www.iantrevaskis.com.au
agent : ‘Booked Out’ (03)98240177
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