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momfairy-1Every blue moon when the impulse strikes me, I put something on Twitter. Below left  is my first Twitter Avatar, which went flitting through the Twitterverse.

(Drawing by our son Michael Losure, who by the way also did the fantastic trailer for  Wild Boy, elsewhere on this site)

Now, since I have other books that don’t  happen to be about fairies, I have retired the fairy avatar. But I have not forgotten her!

Skype in the Classroom

To book a free Skype session,  please visit my Skype in the Classroom profile.

Before the session, please watch the trailers for Wild Boy and The Fairy Ring.

Now, I would like you to write down a list of questions about the two stories. What things do you wonder?  Please send the list to me before the Skype session.

After your teacher had sent me your questions, I will send you one other (short, painless! ) assignment to complete before our Skype session.


If you google “Wild Boy of Aveyron” and “Cottingley fairies” you will find (very high up on the list, unfortunately) the Wikipedia entries: Victor of Aveyron, Cottingley Fairies.

Look them over quickly, paying attention mostly to the pictures. You will not be quizzed on their contents! I direct you to them only as a starting point. The entries in Wikipedia, though often filled with incorrect information, can contain sources that you can use to find more reliable information. If you look through the “references,” “bibliography,” and “further reading” sections of the articles, you will find three eyewitness reports. The eyewitnesses are:

  1. The wild boy’s teacher, who wrote a book called (in the Wikipedia article) An Historical Account of the Discovery and Education of a Savage Man. Jean Marc Gaspard Itard worked with the wild boy for five years and knew more about him than any other human being.
  2. Frances Griffiths, one of the girls who actually took the “fairy” photographs, wrote an autobiography later published by her daughter. It’s called Reflections on the Cottingley Fairies.
  3. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believed the photographs showed real, actual fairies. His book is called The Coming of the Fairies.

These eyewitness reports are the main sources for my books Wild Boy: The Real Life of the Savage of Aveyron and The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World. I began by asking questions and looking for the answers. In class, we will talk about this process of discovery—how do I use it when writing books? Can we find ways in which you, in your life, can use it? What kinds of questions do you have, and how can you find the answers?