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Wonderful Wheels Day

In this sequel to The Lost Watch, Henry finds himself in another awkward situation. Last time he'd taken Dad's new watch to school when he knew he shouldn't.
This time the school is to have a day where all the students are allowed to bring their wheels to school, whether bike, roller blades or skateboard. Henry has a brand new pair of roller blades and is the envy of his friends. But Henry never mastered using them and now Wonderful Wheels Day is about to reveal his embarrassing secret


Excerpt

On Wheels Day you get to bring your inline skates or skateboards or bikes to school. The idea is that you ride them around the playground all afternoon, while everyone else looks out their classroom windows and wishes they were having a Wonderful Wheels Day too.

I've got a pair of Rollerblades in the back of a cupboard at home. They were a present for my last birthday. But I can't use them. I put them on once and I couldn't even stand up.

The story behind the book

Our local school does have Wheels Days, just like in the book. You can take along bikes, scooters, roller blades, roller skates or skateboards.

Wellington is a great place to ride a scooter along the waterfront on a sunny day, but learning to ride a bike can be tricky. It's hilly, the roads are narrow and there is lots of traffic, so not many children bring bikes to school.

Our two oldest children learnt to roller blade one Christmas. I can still remember them staggering round the driveway or hanging onto their cousins as they tried to get their balance.

I put all these ideas together – different sorts of wheels, and how you learn to get along on them – and the result was Wonderful wheels day.

Reader's Activity

• Can you ride a skateboard? Have you ever tried ice-skating? What about roller skating or roller blading (sometimes called inline skating)?

If you've never tried, and you want to learn, check out some classes. Try googling "learn to skate" and the name of the place where you live.

Reviews

"The story is engagingly told in the first person and the antics of baby sister Claudia add an extra dimension to the humour. Bell's pop-eyed computer-generated cartoon characters colourfully complement the light-hearted text. Recommended for independent readers 6-8 years."
Talespinners, May 2004

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