October chapter book of the month - Operation Bunny. Post your questions to author Sally Gardner about the book and her work with Dyslexia Action.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 02-Oct-12 10:28:46

October chapter book of the month is Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner.

Emily Vole's life is transformed when she inherits from a neighbour a small bunch of golden keys, a cat called Fidget and an old shop which was once the Fairy Detectives Agency. It is up to Emily to reopen the shop, and recall the fairies to duty. Together they must embark on their first mystery and do battle with their great fairy-snatching enemy, Harpella.

If you'd like to read more, visit our October Chapter Book of the month page where you can read the first chapter and apply to win one of fifty copies of the book (application form closes Wednesday 3 November at 10am).

Author Sally Gardner is joining us for a live webchat on Friday 12 October at 1pm. She will be answering questions about Operation Bunny and her other books. She will also be talking about her experiences of being severely dyslexic; from being expelled from school at 14 to becoming a hugely successful children's author and illustrator.

October 8-12 is National Dyslexia Awareness Week and Sally's story is one of triumph over adversity - a beacon of hope to dyslexic children everywhere. Sally now works with Dyslexia organisations, and talks to children up and down the country about seeing dyslexia as a gift, not a curse. Sally's recently been nominated for Dyslexia Action's IT'S ME! Award 2012, which celebrates those in the public eye who encourage others not to let their dyslexia hold them back.

Post your questions to Sally in advance of the webchat or join her at 1pm on Friday 12 October.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Oct-12 13:08:27

The book giveaway is closed now and we're sending over the details of fifty winners to the publishers. The books will be sent out over the next few days. If you receive a book and you or your children read it, please do post on this thread or send a question to author Sally Gardner.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Oct-12 09:54:49

We hope you've received your free copies of Operation Bunny now. We've decided to run a Q&A with Sally this month rather than the live webchat so please do post any questions to Sally on this thread before 28th October and we'll pass them on to Sally. When you or your children have read the book, please do feedback.

Eirwen Thu 18-Oct-12 08:53:37

A copy arrived with yesterday's post. That was a nice surprise! Thanks Mumsnet and Orion. Looks lovely. Will post comments when it has been read.

Lovefruitsandvegs Thu 18-Oct-12 10:27:50

I would like to thank for the book too!

chrisrobin Thu 18-Oct-12 10:48:45

A copy arrived yesterday, thank you. We started reading it last night- will feedback when we have finished it.

dinkystinky Sat 20-Oct-12 14:08:22

A copy arrived in the post yesterday - thank you. We're going to start reading it tonight. DS1 is intrigued. He's got suspected mild dyspraxia and dyslexia and finds reading more challenging than most as he has trouble tracking and with convergence - that said, he loves to read and has a vivid imagination, so am so proud of him. I explain to DS1 that his mind works differently to mine - everyone's minds working in different ways - and that is what makes him unique and special. My question for Sally is how do you teach children to view dyslexia as a gift and how do you think parents/teachers can help children in this respect?

dinkystinky Sat 20-Oct-12 14:09:22

A second question for Sally (if she'd prefer it): do you think your dyslexia has enhanced your imagination and any other skills you need to become an author and illustrator?

aristocat Mon 22-Oct-12 21:39:46

My DD has just started this book and at the moment she loves it. Will report back properly once book has been read smile

Thank You

dinkystinky Wed 07-Nov-12 15:17:22

Finished Operation Bunny last weekend thanks to a 3 hour delay (thanks Easyjet) - both DS1 and DS2 lvoed it. Thanks for the book!

chrisrobin Mon 19-Nov-12 18:16:06

We've finished Operation Bunny now. The boys both liked the story, particularly the rabbits that could only say one sentence each. The idea that fairies could be amongst us and we wouldn't know is very useful at this time of year wink .
I wasn't keen on the use of the word 'farted' regarding the lamp but as I was reading it to the boys I substituted it out.
Overall was a good story with some fab descriptions to set scenes, the chapters are a great length for bedtime reading and the boys enjoyed it.
Many thanks.

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