The Voyage of the Arctic Tern – Hugh Montgomery This classic tale of treason, treachery and treasure sweeps across many lands and centuries. At its heart is the ship’s skipper, Bruno, cursed to a life of eternal wandering for a moment of greed and betrayal. His quest for release brings him to the court of the King of Spain and a battle with the villainous pirate Mad Dog Morgan… ‘Absolutely loved it’ 13 year old boy. ‘Couldn’t put it down, found it easy to read. Wicked. Great story’ 10 year old boy. ‘Atmospheric adventure story’ Wiltshire teacher ‘Full of suspense and intrigue, will grab my Y5 and 6 children’ Wiltshire teacher ‘Great if you know Plymouth. If you know Plymouth you’ll love this book and be right there’ Wiltshire teacher Wiltshire Literacy Team. Team’s recommendations: This book can be used in Y5/6 and could be used with Y3 and 4. Could replace the Highway Man as a narrative poem study. Particularly good to illustrate AF 3 and 5. Possible questions teachers could as in shared and guided reading sessions to develop reading. AF2 – Plymouth Book 1 (p8) What words or phrases tell you that this is set in a naval town? 1a AF2 – What was the weather like? (p74) 2 AF3 – (p84) A Reunion for Hunter. What is your opinion of the nobleman who has just entered? And what evidence is there to support your view? 2a AF3/7 – Give two pieces of evidence that this is an old story. 3 AF4 – Why do you think that the author chose to write this story in verse? How do the illustrations support our understanding? Why is the book split into three different sections? How does each chapter title help? 3a AF4 – What structural features has the author used? The author speaks directly to the reader, why? What is the effect? (p212) 3b AF4 p209 – what is the purpose of this page? Explain and justify your opinion. 4 AF5 – How does the punctuation support reading for meaning? 1 4a AF5 – Describe the images you get in verse 1 p76? Children could write a diary entry, draw picture etc. Encourage children to start their answers with ‘It makes me feel …because …’ or ‘It makes me think … because…’ or ‘It reminds me … because …’ 5 AF6 –p190 What does the author think of Bruno? How do you know? 5a AF6 – Why do you think the author wrote this story? Why do you think he wrote it in this way? Who do you think would enjoy it? Is it successful? Why? 5b AF6 – Do you need to know about the sea to write this story? Justify your opinion. 6 AF7 – Do you know of any other stories/poems/films like this? How do the pictures help us to understand when and where the story is taking place? E.g p152. Does anyone know why Spain and Plymouth have been chosen as settings? What is the historical significance of using Spain and Plymouth as settings? 6a AF7 – What would happen to Mad Dog Morgan now? Would he be treated in the same way? This is a book which delights the heart and mind. It will bring back memories to those ‘…of us who use the sea as our workshop. I hope it will encourage many young readers to understand and love the sea and sailing ships.’ Come on board!