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Hello, I’m Stephen Measday and I’m reading from my novel Send Simon Savage.
‘This is why you are at this school,’ Captain Cutler said. He swept his arm to indicate what lay before them.
Simon stepped off the metal staircase into a section of a vast circular tunnel. Ahead of them was what appeared to be a long, metal-plated pipeline, about a metre in diameter. It followed the curve of the tunnel in both directions and disappeared into darkness.
Simon looked back up the staircase. Fifteen minutes earlier, at ground level, they had walked through a hidden entrance in the side of a hill, and then through scores of rooms and chambers.
Cutler had told him these were the secret headquarters of the Time Bureau. Apparently, the Bureau employed about five hundred people, some of whom lived in the nearby towns, without their neighbours knowing their true jobs or identities. Simon hadn’t been told the reason for all the secrecy.
Then they had descended the staircase until they were a hundred metres underground.
‘This is why the Time Bureau exists,’ Cutler went on. ‘This is a section of our Time Accelerator.’
Simon stared at Cutler. ‘So, if this is a Time Accelerator, what is your work?’
‘I think it’s time I gave you a full explanation,’ Cutler said. ‘Simon, everyone thinks they’re unique. But in your case this is true.’
‘You might have noticed that I scanned you, your sister and your mother when I first visited your house, four months ago.’
Simon nodded. ‘The gadget with the blue beam.’
‘It’s something we do routinely,’ Cutler went on. ‘We scan everyone. We’re authorised to do it because we’re looking for something special. And only about one in ten million people have it.’
This made Simon even more curious. ‘Have what?’
Cutler took the scanner from his pocket and held it in his palm.
‘This simple-looking instrument is actually a sophisticated genetic testing device,’ he said. ‘It reads DNA and records it.’
‘And you recorded ours?’ Simon asked.
‘We discovered that yours is particularly interesting. You have a genetic structure that is strong and flexible. That’s why we invited you here. Your genetic results fit our profile. You’re perfect for our program.’
‘So, I’m not here just for school?’ Simon said.
‘Not in the way you might think,’ Cutler replied. ‘You’re here so that we can train you. Train you as a time traveller. What we call a temponaut.’
(Edited extract of Chapter 3, Send Simon Savage as read by the author, Stephen Measday. Published by Hardie Grant Egmont
Junior fiction: recommended reading age 8-14.)
ABOUT STEPHEN MEASDAY:
Stephen Measday is the author of seventeen young adult and junior fiction novels. He is currently writing the time-travel novel series, Send Simon Savage. Two of his novels, The News They Didn’t Use and A Pig Called Francis Bacon have been commended as Notable Books by the CBCA. He has been published in Australia, the UK, Germany, Indonesia, France, the US, and South Korea.
Stephen is also an award winning scriptwriter in children’s and adult television.
‘Four of my most successful books have been launched at Varuna since 1995, including The News They Didn’t Use and A Pig Called Francis Bacon. I am also a writing consultant for the Eleanor Dark Foundation. For many Blue Mountains writers the events and activities around Varuna have become an essential part of our lives.’
Stephen Measday 2012
Young Adult Fiction:
The News They Didn’t Use
The News on Aliens
Send Simon Savage
Send Simon Savage: Return of the Black Death
A Pig Called Francis Bacon
My Friend Roger Bacon
Roger Bacon Reporting
Bringing Home The Bacons
Leaper Lane: Rugby League Rookie
The Time Game
Tomb It May Concern
The Giant Spiders
Ship to Shore: The Fang Mystery
Ship to Shore: The Hermes Experience
Illustrated and short stories:
Frogs on the Run
The Fungus Among Us
The Dog That Barked at Sharks
(Kids’ Night in Collection)
Blow Fly Blow
Mark Twain Down Under
Partners (AWG Award winner)
Film & Television:
The Time Game (feature),
A Country Practice, GP, Blue Heelers, The Ferals, Ship to Shore, Lift Off, Hi-5, Mirror Mirror 2, Wicked, Skytrackers 2, Erky Perky, Enyo.
Teachers Notes on Send Simon Savage:
Stephen Measday at email@example.com
Through Rick Raftos Management (02) 9281 9622 firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (02) 9787 6006
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