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Building Suspense, with Struan Murray (Episode 4)

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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 episode four of the Author In Your Classroom podcast – a virtual ‘author visit’ you can share with children whenever you like, absolutely free!

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

The resource pack includes:

  • Building suspense PowerPoint
  • Book extracts in print and as audiobook clips
  • Illustrations and author quotes for a working wall display
  • Story planning sheets
  • Themed lined and unlined story writing sheets
  • Teacher notes

This episode of Author In Your Classroom has been recorded in partnership with Puffin Schools; 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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  • Teacher notes
  • PowerPoint
  • Extract
  • 3 x planning sheets
  • Working wall quotes and images
  • Themed writing sheets
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