Visiting Author - Dan Metcalf

13th November 2018
To commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One we are pleased to announce that author Dan Metcalf will be visiting Orchard Vale to introduce his recent book Paw Prints in the Somme.
Paw Prints in the Somme is a story about World War One on the front line, as experienced by a naïve young kitten. In the First World War, it is estimated that around 500,000 cats were sent to the front line as vermin control. His story follows young farm cat Tom, who is transported from his home in Devon to the trenches of World War One. There he makes firm friends with boy soldier Jim, who adopts Tom as his lucky charm and promises to get Tom home to Devon if they make it through the war. Tom uses his senses and instinct to protect his friend, fighting his own fears and battles along the way.
This is a great opportunity to enlighten children about the importance of Remembrance Day and the significance of the First World War, as well as hearing from a professional children’s writer who can enthuse children about reading.
Dan has spoken to thousands of children at author visits around the country and at literary festivals. 
“Children and staff alike were blown away by how fun, engaging and inspiring Dan’s visit was. Dan quickly gained superstar status at the school and ended up signing books, reading journals, balls and pieces of paper for a seemingly never-ending queue of eager children. He had a great rapport with all age groups and pitched each session perfectly.”
Katie Davis, Library Resources Coordinator, Bude Junior School
Dan has written for radio, screen and magazines but is best known as the author of ‘The Lottie Lipton Adventures’ and ‘Dino Wars’.