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๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ?

๐‚๐š๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ฅ๐ ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ?

This powerful prose was written by a 14-year-old; โ€œIโ€™m Dara, a boy, an acorn. Mum used to call me lon dubh (which is Irish for blackbird) when I was baby, and sometimes she still does. I have the heart of a naturalist, the head of a would-be scientist, and bones of someone who is already wearied by the apathy and destruction wielded against the natural world.โ€

๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐-๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ง๐ข๐ง๐  Dara McAnultyโ€™s book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, which chronicles a year in his life, from one spring to the next, won him the 2020 Wainwright Prize. Remarkably, it was a diary that he completed on his 15th birthday.

๐‘๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ซ๐ž๐ฏ๐ข๐ž๐ฐ๐ฌ โ€œIโ€™m Dara, a boy, an acorn. Mum used to call me lon dubh (which is Irish for blackbird) when I was a baby, and sometimes she still does. I have the heart of a naturalist, the head of a would-be scientist, and bones of someone who is already wearied by the apathy and destruction wielded against the natural world.โ€ Caroline Sanderson of The Bookseller wrote; โ€œthe fanfare is wholly justified: this is an astonishingly assured book for one so young.โ€

๐๐จ๐ญ ๐ฃ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐๐ข๐ง๐  More than just a wonderful book to read, this is a book to inspire pupils. McAnulty raises the bar for young writers, demonstrating what is possible. Creative writing is a key component of many schoolsโ€™ entrance assessments. Pupils preparing for entrance examinations would be wise to read McAnultyโ€™s book and to learn from his creativity and originality.

๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š ๐“๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐จ๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž (๐‚๐„), ๐ˆ๐†๐‚๐’๐„, ๐€ ๐‹๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ / ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ-๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐. For details of how we can help your child, please contact Valerie Weston on: Email: valerie.weston@minervatuition.com Phone: +852 6156 5705. We would be delighted to hear from you.



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