Kids interactive writing project launching January

Fleur Hitchcock, author of SHRUNK! — a Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week — is to officially launch “The Story Adventure” interactive writing project for 7-11 year-old children next week.

From Monday 21st January, Fleur will post her first chapter at and invite kids to answer questions and complete real-world activities, with the best ideas being added to new chapters published every Monday until 13th May.

The project and associated activities have been devised with the help of primary school teachers to ensure that it fits into the KS2 curriculum. Children who offer outstanding contributions to the project will earn a place on the Star List and have their names included in the book. There will also be an opportunity to win a school visit from the author for the most active school. The book will be available for pre-order on the site, as well as tickets to the book launch party.

The author said, “I spent a lot of time working in schools, and realised that children were bubbling over with great ideas, so many of which never got the chance to come out. When Hot Key proposed the Story Adventure it seemed the perfect way to let children have their say and explore the possibilities of their incredible imaginations. I can’t wait to get started.”

Hot Key Books Editorial Director Sara O’Connor said, “Fleur’s notion that children’s ideas are not often listened to has exploded into this fun and interactive story shaping project designed to celebrate reading and writing for pleasure and get children excited about reading books. It is an ambitious and admirable project for any writer to take on, but Fleur is the perfect author to do it.”