Hey, here's a new book trick!
Fancy wowing your friends with a bitta magic? You do? Then here’s what to do…
Cut up 20 pieces of paper all the same size (not too big or you’ll need a huge table!) and write the names of your top ten favourite books on ten of them, and your top ten characters from books on the others. The characters don’t have to be from the books you selected.
Now pair one book with one character. It doesn’t matter which goes with which.
Next put the ten pairs face down on the table in ten piles and while you look away ask a friend to pick up one of the pairs, memorise it and replace it so that you can’t tell which pair he/she selected.
Pick up all the ten pairs (keeping them in pairs).
Now for the tricky bit!!!
What you have in your hands are ten pairs and you are going to lay them out on the table and be able to tell your friend exactly which book and which book character they chose.
Here’s how you do it.
Remember these words ATLAS BIBLE THIGH GOOSE. Ordinary words you might think but they cleverly are made up of ten pairs of letters – A T L S B I E H G O and of course you have ten pairs of paper in your hands!
Soooooooooooooo! What you do is lay out the pairs pretending they are letters in the words in 4 rows of five…
A T L A S
B I B L E
T H I G H
G O O S E
So the first pair you place where the ‘A’s go i.e. Row 1 Positions 1 & 4.
The 2nd pair you place where the ‘T’s go i.e. Row 1 Position 2 and Row 3 Position 1
and so on until all the pairs are laid out.
Now ask your friend to point to the ROW or ROWS that his/her cards are in.
Whatever they point to imagine the matching letters from the words so if they point to Row 4 only you know its the word GOOSE and contains 2 ‘O’s! So your friend’s secret pair is the book and character in Positions 1 & 2!
But don’t rush it or it will look too obvious! You must pretend to ponder and hover your fingers over them all to add to the suspence!
If you remember the words and the layout you can’t fail to go wrong!
And if you want a closer look at my ten books and characters in no particular order then they are…
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
LOOKING AT THE STARS by Jo Cotterill
EMBER FURY by Cathy Brett
THE TWICE-LIVED SUMMER OF BLUEBELL JONES by Susie Day
THREADS by Sophia Bennett
PERFECT SUMMER by Karen King
MY BIG FAT TEEN CRISIS by Jenny Smith
WHATS UP WITH JODY BARTON by Hayley Long
RAINBOW BEAUTY PEPPERMINT KISS by Kelly McKain
MY SO CALLED HAUNTING by Tamsyn Murray
MEG LYTTON from Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
AMY GREEN from Wedding Belles by Sarah Webb
LANEY from Faeirie Tribes the Crystal Mirror by Paula Harrison
DARCIE LOCK from Ringmaster by Julia Golding
FLO from The Year of Big Dreams by Karen McCombie
DAX JONES from the Unleashed series by Ali Sparkes
SUZY P from Me, Suzy P by Karen Saunders
EVA from Eva & the Hidden Diary by Judi Curtin
MAYA from A Sea of Stars by Kate Maryan
MINNIE PIPER from the Minnie Piper series by me!
And guess what??? You can find out more about all of the authors and their books on the Girls Heart Books website!!!
Have fun and see you soon,