Friday, April 27, 2018

World Book Week 2018 - Simone Spiteri

Simone Spiteri, whose debut novel for children hit the book stands last November during the Malta Book Festival, kindly accepted San Anton's invitation to come and speak to the Grade 8 students.

Il-Vjaġġaturi taż-Żmien is the first instalment in the Il-Vinkulari series. It's the story of Maia and Alex, two cousins who were born on the same day at the same exact hour. They were also raised together but now that they have reached their eleventh birthday, they are privy to this great family secret. And now they have a mission: they have to travel back in time, and in just 24 hours Maia and Alex must...

Ms Spiteri's adventure is set during World War Two which means that she had to do a ton of research in order to make sure that the historical facts are precise. Even though Vjaġġaturi is first and foremost a novel and not a history book, it is still essential for a writer to weave a credible backdrop against which the story is set.

The many illustrations which pepper the book have also been meticulously researched. Artist Moira Scicluna Żahra based her drawings on real photos of Malta at the time, adding that vibrant touch to what is already a gorgeous publication.

The students loved every minute of Ms Spiteri's presentation and quite a number of them purchased the book. If only they had a time-machine and could travel forward in time to get hold of Il-Vinkulari 2...


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