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Author in Your Classroom: Building suspense, with Struan Murray (series one, episode four)

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Inspire KS2 children to create their own suspense-packed story with expert advice from Struan Murray, author of the wonderful ‘Orphans of the Tide’, for children aged 9+

This resources pack is designed to be used with series one, episode four of the Author In Your Classroom podcast ( - a virtual ‘author visit’ you can share with children whenever you like, absolutely free!

Series one of Author In Your Classroom is being recorded in partnership with Puffin Schools, and Struan is one of eight Puffin authors to feature - with Robin Stevens, Sam Copeland and Jamie Littler appearing in episodes one, two and three respectively.

To listen and subscribe, free, search for ‘Author In Your Classroom’ on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!

Puffin Schools is curated by the children’s publisher Puffin. You’ll find video resources, book lists and ideas to bring stories to life at

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